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Title Women and nation building / Cheryl Benard [and others]
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 191 pages) : illustrations
Contents The central role of women -- The security dimension and women -- Heath, education and women : building indicators of success -- Governance and women -- Economic participation and women
Summary This study examines gender-specific impacts of conflict and post-conflict and the ways in which events in these contexts may affect women differently than they affect men. It analyzes the roles of women in the nation-building process and considers outcomes that might occur if current practices were modified. The recent nation-building activities in Afghanistan are used as a case study. Despite the difficulty of collecting data in conflict zones, the information available from Afghanistan provides several pragmatic points for consideration. Gender issues have been overtly on the table from the beginning of U.S. post-conflict involvement in Afghanistan, in part because of the Taliban's equally overt prior emphasis on gender issues as a defining quality of its regime. Also, the issue of women's inclusion is an official part of Afghanistan's development agenda, so all the active agents in the nation-building enterprise have made conscious choices and decisions that can be reviewed and their underlying logic evaluated. The monograph concludes with a broad set of analytic and policy recommendations. First, specific suggestions are made for improving the data-collection process. Then, three shifts in emphasis are recommended that could strengthen the prospects of stability and enhance the outcomes of nation-building programs: a more genuine emphasis on the broader concept of human security from the earliest phases of the nation-building effort; a focus on establishing governance based on principles of equity and consistent rule of law; and economic inclusion of women in the earliest stages of reconstruction activities
Notes "RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-191)
Notes Print version record
Subject Nation-building -- Afghanistan.
Women in development -- Afghanistan.
Women -- Government policy.
Women -- Afghanistan -- Economic conditions.
Form Electronic book
Author Benard, Cheryl, 1953-
Center for Middle East Public Policy (Rand Corporation)
LC no. 2007044221
ISBN 0833044494 (electronic bk.)
9780833044495 (electronic bk.)