MEGAN H. MACKENZIE

Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney.

Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration and the poetics of slavery in Sierra Leone

In Women, Gender Equality, and Post-Conflict Transformation: lessons learned, implications for the future  edited by Joyce P. Kaufman, Kristen P. Williams.

It’s been ten years since I went to Sierra Leone to ask women about their experiences as combatants and their impressions of the reintegration process post-conflict. My book, Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development,1 draws conclusions that cut across feminist international relations, security studies, and development studies. This work built on the body of literature examining women’s experiences of war and the challenges and insecurities that they face in the post-conflict era.2 While there remain conclusions and interventions from this work that I believe are still relevant and important, almost a decade later, I feel an intense frustration with the “state” of the debates surrounding women, girls, and DDR.

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