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The Politics of Women’s Empowerment in Post-War Sierra Leone: Contradictions, Successes, and Challenges

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Although much has been written on many different aspects of post-conflict reconstruction, democracy building, and the role of the international community in Sierra Leone, there is no definitive publication that focuses on exploring the ways in which various interventions targeted at women in Sierra Leone have resulted in socio-economic and political change, following the Sierra Leone civil war. This special issue explores the multi-faceted subject of women’s empowerment in post-war Sierra Leone. Employing a variety of theoretical frameworks, the papers examine a broad range of themes addressing women’s socio-economic and political development, ranging from health to political participation, from paramount chiefs and parliamentarians to traditional birth attendants and refugees. An underlying argument is that post-war contexts provide the space to advance policies and practices that contribute to women’s empowerment. To this end, the papers examine the varied ways in which women have individually and collectively responded to, shaped, negotiated, and been affected by national and international initiatives and processes.

Affiliations: 1: School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, nj 07079USAfredline.m’cormack-hale@shu.edu; 2: Center for Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton, Florida 33431USAbeokubet@fau.edu

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