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Proceedings International Expert Seminar: Gender, Violent Conflict and Development: Issues for Theory, Policy and Practice 16 and 17 October 2003

Georg Frerks
Dubravka Zarkov
Copyright Date: Jan. 1, 2004
Published by: Clingendael Institute
Pages: 40
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  1. (pp. 5-8)

    There are several sources of motivation and inspiration that led to the organization of the Seminar. One is theoretical. Critical interventions into development theory from an explicit feminist perspective, and with gender as an analytical tool are not new. In the last few decades, feminist scholars from the Third World have not only showed the economic, social and political downside of mainstream development practices for women, but also critically re-conceptualized development, by linking it to issues of justice, peace and sustainability. Equally substantial is feminist knowledge about women as agents in, and victims of war and about how specific femininities...

  2. (pp. 9-14)

    For the opening ceremony we invited several participants to share some of their rich experiences with the audience and offer all of us some inspiration for the coming two days of work (see Appendix 3).

    In the first session Judy El-Bushra and Edda Kirleis gave two challenging and inspiring introductory presentations in which they focused on the fields of policy making and grassroots activism respectively. El-Bushra examined the meanings of gender, violence, conflict and development currently in use among practitioners in large (international) NGOs and agencies, and concluded that there is much to be wished for in their current methods...

  3. (pp. 15-17)

    At the closing of the seminar, as well as throughout the event, we have asked participants for comments and suggestions. According to the reactions of the participants, the framework of the globalization, within which the Seminar was set, was very well chosen. Participants also expressed that all three objectives were met with success: the Seminar did provide an open and critical space for rethinking, strategizing and networking. The atmosphere was judged as exceptionally open, constructive and cooperative.

    Participants welcomed the choice of themes that were addressed by the speakers. It was also very explicitly stated that themes on masculinity and...