War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina

TitleWar, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBerry, Marie E.
Number of Pages294
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityNew York
Abstract

Rwanda and Bosnia both experienced mass violence in the early 1990s. Less than ten years later, Rwandans surprisingly elected the world's highest level of women to parliament. In Bosnia, women launched thousands of community organizations that became spaces for informal political participation. The political mobilization of women in both countries complicates the popular image of women as merely the victims and spoils of war. Through a close examination of these cases, Marie E. Berry unpacks the puzzling relationship between war and women's political mobilization. Drawing from over 260 interviews with women in both countries, she argues that war can reconfigure gendered power relations by precipitating demographic, economic, and cultural shifts. In the aftermath, however, many of the gains women made were set back.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1017/9781108236003
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