This volume challenges the assumption that women are absent from war and confl ict because of some traditional, natural link between women and pacifi sm, an assumption based on the femininized qualities of caring, nurturing, mourning, and empathy. By contesting the divide between private and public space, Gender, Globalization and Violence: Postcolonial Confl ict Zones aims to analyze how the gender dimension emerges as multiple and ambivalent, ranging from women in frontline positions to women in more subsidiary and invisible roles. The scope is to explore how racialized and gendered bodies have played a crucial role from colonial to current global confl icts.