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The Women's Rights After War Project

Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

The Women's Rights After War (WRAW) project asks which women benefit from new opportunities, suggesting that the implementation of gender egalitarian laws and policies often maps onto existing socio-political cleavages. Particularly when conflict resolution benefits a single conflict-era faction, gender reforms tend to ensure that women affiliated with disenfranchised political, religious or ethnic identity groups remain marginalized in the realization of gender equality. Reforms heralded as emancipatory and egalitarian, therefore, may reproduce conflict-era fissures, and in doing so ensure some women's continued political and gender oppression.