Gender and post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone. Megan MacKenzie Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Central questions. Why, if women participated as soldiers, were they largely ignored in mainstream accounts of the conflict and overlooked in the DDR process?
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
-power, marriage, children, ‘legitimate’ relationships
higher than existing estimations.
‘camp followers,’ ‘abductees,’ ‘sex slaves,’ ‘domestic slaves,’ or ‘girls and women associated with the fighting forces’ and ‘vulnerable groups associated with armed movements’
Over 20,000 in Sierra Leone
Female soldiers are aberrations, not heroes
Opportunity for women
Limited time frame (sexual violence impacts, reintegration for women)