Género y rehabilitación posbélica : El caso de Bosnia-Herzegovina

TitleGénero y rehabilitación posbélica : El caso de Bosnia-Herzegovina
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAzkue, Irantzu Mendia
Number of Pages34
CityBilbao, Spain

The armed conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-1995) had an enormous international media impact, especially in Western Europe. It can be said that it became a paradigmatic case in terms of the unprecedented volume of human and material resources that were mobilized in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war and during the post-war rehabilitation process following the signing of the 1995 Peace Agreement.

The intervention of the international community in Bosnia was generally based on "misconceptions, prejudices and misunderstandings both about the country itself and about the nature of the war". The analysis of gender relations and the reality of Bosnian women has been even more insufficient, so that the "serious consequences" of the lack of knowledge are even more serious for the case of women and the ways in which they have lived through the war and the post-war period.

The premise of this paper is that the application of gender as a category of analysis helps to better understand the nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the motivations of the different actors involved. Therefore, it addresses some of the issues that arise at the crossroads between gender and armed conflict. This involves addressing, firstly, some conceptual issues on gender relations and on the framework of initial analysis and, secondly, referring more specifically to some features of post-war rehabilitation processes from a gender perspective.

Translated TitleGender and Post-War Rehabilitation: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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