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Women and Politics of Peace

Women and Politics of Peace
South Asia Narratives on Militarization, Power, and Justice

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Rita Manchanda - Research Director, South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Delhi

April 2017 | 320 pages | SAGE India

This book discusses the experiences of women negotiating conflict and post-conflict situations to deliver transformative peace.

Inspired by the vision and values of women of the South Asian Peace Network, this volume fills a critical gap in the global Women, Peace and Security (WPS) discourse. The chapters focus on the region’s multifaceted experiences and feminist expertise on women negotiating post-war/post-conflict situations structured around interlinked themes - women, participation and peacebuilding; militarization and violent peace; and justice, impunity, and accountability.

This volume looks at the efforts of women trying to deliver a transformative peace that questions gendered power relations while confronting the socio-cultural barriers that prevent them from participating in rebuilding conflict-affected societies to bring about just peace.


Rita Manchanda
Swarna Rajagopalan
Peace with Women: Political Participation in Post Conflict Contexts
Rita Manchanda
Gender, Power and Peace Politics: A Comparative Analysis
Participant Analysis and Field Notes
Roshmi Goswami, Kumudini Samuel, Nighat Said Khan
Herstory: Women and Peace Movements in South Asia
Kumudini Samuel
Building Transversal Solidarities: Women’s Search for Peace in Sri Lanka
Anuradha Chenoy
Militarization Values, Attitudes and Practices in South Asia
Participant Analysis and Field Notes
Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
Gender and Patriarchy in Militarized Kashmir
Neloufer de Mel
Risky Subjects: Militarization in Post-war Sri Lanka
Hana Shams Ahmed
Violent Peace in Chittagong Hill Tracts
Huma Safi
Failed Peace and Security Strategies in Afghanistan’s Transition
Bishnu Raj Upreti and Gita Shreshta
What Happened to Nepal’s Women Maoists?
Noreen Naseer
FATA ‘A Permanent War Zone’: Breaking the Silence
Warisha Farasat
Challenges for Transitional Justice in South Asia
Participant Analysis and Field Notes
Field Notes
Dina M Siddiqi
Against Forgetting: Gendered Justice in ‘Post-conflict’ Bangladesh
Mandira Sharma
Beyond Transitional Justice: Accountability Initiatives in Nepal
Najla Ayoubi
No Peace without Justice in Afghanistan
Bhavani Fonseka
State Intervention to Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

The book is a valuable contribution to the academic literature, especially researchers in women and peace studies. The bibliography after each article is extensive which shows that all the articles have been well researched and written.


Administrative Change, January – December 2017

The book, like much of the work exploring the relationship between gender and violent politics at that time, sought to look at how women in South Asia were not just passive victims, but actively negotiating their lives around and with political conflict in countless ways. The book was perhaps the first study of its kind offering a comparative framework and a new understanding of women’s experiences with conflict in the South Asian contexts.  The book once again draws our attention to what is common to all the conflicts in the region, besides the fact that they inhabit the same geography: the experience of the colonial rule; the democratic and developmental deficit in the region; the post-colonial state’s inability to address political tensions that arise as a result, without resorting to (gendered) force; and the hold patriarchy has on South Asian societies. Perhaps, the most important question that the book, therefore, raises is which of these features, separately or together, explain the relative failure of South Asian peace processes to include women in comparison with experiences of countries like Liberia and Rwanda?

India Quarterly, May, 2018

Rita Manchanda

Rita Manchanda is an established writer, scholar-researcher, and human rights activist specializing in conflicts and peace-building in South Asia with particular attention to vulnerable and marginalized groups, that is, women, minorities, indigenous peoples, and forcibly displaced persons.Professor Manchanda has over 15 years of experience as a Senior Executive and Research Director with the regional NGO “South Asia Forum for Human Rights” (SAFHR), directing and coordinating a diverse portfolio of programs, including “Human Rights Audits of Peace Processes,” “Women, Conflict, and Peace,” “Media in... More About Author

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