Rethinking Women’s Power During and After War

TitleRethinking Women’s Power During and After War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationN/A
AuthorsBerry, Marie E.
Journal@ a Glance
Abstract

When the genocide broke out in 1994, her husband and many members of her family were killed.And I was the head of the house.Shortly thereafter, Noémie successfully ran for a seat in Rwanda’s parliament, which boasts the highest percentage of women legislators of any country in the world.Under the crushing stress and scarcity of the siege of Sarajevo, her 2-year-old daughter developed a series of health problems.Through the new connections in this group, she became active in politics.These include: (1) a demographic shift, due to the disproportionate death, conscription, and imprisonment of men, and the massive displacement of people from their homes; (2) an economic shift, due to the destruction of infrastructure, agricultural capacity, and the arrival of international humanitarian aid; and (3) a cultural shift, due to the reconceptualization of women as legitimate political actors, as some women’s groups strategically juxtapose their “more peaceful” nature against men’s propensity for war.These everyday encroachments catalyzed the formation of community organizations, which soon became a space for political organizing outside of traditionally male-dominated political realms.These include the structure of the domestic political settlement in both places, which situated people broadly in victim/perpetrator categories, creating hierarchies of victimhood that…