creating lasting peace and stability in conflict regions. I will also examine the role of theinternational community in supporting women’s involvement in peace processes andreconstruction efforts, particularly in terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women,and peace and security.
Liberia’s current stability and peace is the combined result of: (1) a strong internalwomen’s movement for peace that initiated peace talks and has remained very active in post-conflict efforts; (2) key international institutions and countries that became directly involved inthe peace process and transitional government; and (3) an international community that followedthe mandates of Resolution 1325.I argue that women’s leadership and an understanding of women’s experiences duringwar became a key and necessary component of the peace process and transitional government.This is particularly true because women are the majority of the adult refugee population, thecaretakers of children, the elderly, the injured, the victims of extreme sexual violence, and evencombatants. Furthermore, if any of the above components had been missing, the local women’smovement, the involvement of the international community, or the overall framework of Resolution
, Liberia would not be experiencing nearly the same level of success as it istoday.In order to prove the three points mentioned above, I will first introduce Liberia as a casestudy and give a brief history of the conflict and the women’s movement. Then I will discuss thechapter outline of the thesis and give a description of the principal sources used throughout. Inthe next chapter, I will discuss prominent scholars and theories dealing with women, peace, andsecurity and offer a theoretical background to the debate. The third chapter will be a historical
See annex for full text of Resolution 1325.