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Should Peace Agreements Recognise Women?

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In order to end conflict and foster democracy, most contemporary peace agreements recognise particular ethnic groups, typically by accommodating them within the central institutions for governing the state. Yet the conflicts which peace agreements aim to manage or resolve also affect other groups in society. Accordingly, the following article considers whether a convincing normative case might be made for extending the act of recognition to women. To this end, we consider four possible arguments—the justice argument, the nature argument, the interest argument and the role-model argument. While the fourth of these arguments has received the least amount of attention from contemporary feminists, we argue that it is the most plausible (or least problematic) way to justify the claim that peace agreements should recognise and accommodate women. That said, we accept that, taken on its own, the role-model argument is still a fairly weak argument, and so we conclude by suggesting how, in practical terms, it might be bolstered.

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Author(s): O'Flynn I, Russell D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ethnopolitics

Year: 2011

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: 35-50

Print publication date: 03/03/2011

ISSN (print): 1744-9057

ISSN (electronic): 1744-9065

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/17449057.2010.505522


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