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(En)gendering post-conflict agency: Women’s experiences of the ‘local’ in Sierra Leone

Martin, Laura S

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This article explores how female agency and experience manifest in a local Sierra Leonean peacebuilding program known as Fambul Tok. While post-conflict literature, namely transitional justice and peacebuilding, has become more critical in recent years, there is still a tendency to generalize both the ‘local’ and ‘women’. There is, however, much greater scope to delineate how local programs shape and are shaped by women in these settings. While Fambul Tok was, at least theoretically, meant to better align with the needs and priorities of Sierra Leoneans, including women, the empirics suggest that female engagement ultimately results in a wide range of outcomes, which are not necessarily more ‘empowering’, ‘transformative’ or ‘good’ than international programs. Drawing on original empirical data from Fambul Tok, this article highlights the complexity of gendered power relations within these programs and how individual women have multiple, diverse and contested forms of agency and experiences within local settings.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 2, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 15, 2021
Publication Date Dec 1, 2021
Deposit Date Jul 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 28, 2022
Journal Cooperation and Conflict
Print ISSN 0010-8367
Electronic ISSN 1460-3691
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 4
Pages 454-471
Keywords Agency, Fambul Tok, local, peacebuilding, Sierra Leone, women
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