chapter  9
22 Pages

Gender mainstreaming unraveled

The case of DDRR in Liberia 1
WithHelen Basini

Despite policy advancements under UNSCR 1325, women still do not participate equally in peace and security initiatives impacting on the sustainability of peace. This chapter explores this framework through examining gender mainstreaming provision in the disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration (DDRR) process in Liberia. Using interviews with women associated with fighting forces (WAFFs)/ex-combatants, it argues that although there was a targeted focus showing some gender responsive design and coordination, WAFFs/ex-combatants needs, especially of a social and psychological nature, were poorly addressed. Furthermore, it reveals that it did not attend to structural inequality issues such as sexual and gender-based violence.