UNFPA: The Struggle for Agency – Women in Post-Conflict Countries


Tiffani McCoy
Ashley Nicholes
Jessica Vargas



Globally, women are a vulnerable population in society. Conflict exacerbates this vulnerability and places women at risk of violence, sexual assault and trauma. These are old truths which devastatingly continue today with impunity. The United Nations, the United Nations Security Council and other supraterritorial bodies have for decades passed resolutions, statements and other binding agreements condemning violent acts against women. Though, here we are, the year is 2013 and women’s vulnerable status during times of conflict, and their invisibility in policy and country decisions in the post-conflict setting, still continue without repercussion or

In order to shed light on the continuing disregard for women, this paper seeks to highlight the status of women in post-conflict settings. Addressing vulnerabilities of populations is difficult during times of conflict, but once the conflict has ended and the country is focused on rebuilding, reconciliation and development, there is no excuse for women’s absence in these discussions and the newly formed power structures. This paper analyzes Bosnia and Hercegovina, Colombia, Guatemala, Iraq, Liberia and Nepal. This paper examines women’s political participation, violence in the domestic and public sphere, the emotional and psychological effects of the conflict, access to health care, and other country specific indicators of women’s status. This paper gives praise when it is deserved, and scrutiny where warranted. First, it is important to understand the theoretical background and framework for women’s participation and protected status. This paper uses two Security Council Resolutions as our theoretical background and framework for this paper

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