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Context Of Conflict: Timor-Leste 1975-1999

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As discussed in the analytical framework, there are contextual factors which are relevant for gender power-relations. This chapter provides us both with more detailed material to understand and develop the concept of gender power-relations and establishes how these power-relations had developed during conflict. This description would thereby increase the possibility to separate operation effects from those of contextual factors. There are two areas of particular importance for understanding the development of gender power-relations in Timor-Leste when the United Nations (UN) operations intervened. The first concerns the Timorese parties, both their gender balance and the work distribution during the conflict. The second concerns the conflict and the effects this had on women and men. At the same time that these internal dynamics were ongoing, developments on the international level were in motion that would shape the future international involvement in Timor-Leste. The last section of the chapter therefore describes these events.

Keywords: contextual factors; gender power-relations; Timor-Leste; Timorese parties; United Nations (UN) operations



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