Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 4, September

Challenging Bosnian Women's Identity as Rape Victims, as Unending Victims: The 'Other' Sex in Times of War
Abstract In this paper I reflect on my attendance of the Women's Worlds 2011 congress held in Ottawa, Canada. I analyze responses of the international feminist audience to the paper I presented during the congress. The paper offered an analysis...
'For My Torturer': An African Woman's Transformative Art of Truth, Justice and Peace-Making during Colonialism
Abstract Against a range of injustices African women have made powerful challenges to structural, gender and repressive violence through their interventions in questions of justice, dialogue, creativity and transformation. This article addresses...
Gender and Conflict Transformation in Israel/Palestine
Abstract A careful examination of women's involvement in peacebuilding and conflict transformation in Israel and Palestine provides a unique perspective on key turning points in the history of the conflict in the past two and one-half decades, since...
Gender and Political Transformation in Societies at War
Introduction In recent years, the role of gender in societies undergoing significant political change has received increasing attention both theoretically, in the literature on democratization, and practically in the international financial support...
Our Mothers Have Spoken: Synthesizing Old and New Forms of Women's Political Authority in Liberia
Abstract This paper argues that the 2005 election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Liberian presidency is best understood in the historical and cultural context of pre-war authority-bearing positions available to women, rather than as an outcome...
"Subjects of Change": Feminist Geopolitics and Gendered Truth-Telling in Guatemala
Abstract This paper explores the often-undervalued role of gender in transitional justice mechanisms and the importance of women's struggles and agency in that regard. We focus on the efforts of the women's movement in Guatemala to address questions...
The Struggle over Boundary and Memory: Nation, Borders, and Gender in Jewish Israel
Abstract The attachment of a nation to its ancestral homeland is indisputable. Yet, when the nation does not have a clear idea of the geographical parameters of its territory, the boundaries often get defined by others and through war. In the case...
The Way Forward for Girls' Education in Afghanistan
Abstract Lack of rights and access to education are problems that have challenged Afghan women throughout the history of their country. True political reform in Afghanistan is contingent upon the solving of these problems, as women's education is...
Unexpected Consequences of Everyday Life during the Maoist Insurgency in Nepal
Abstract This article examines gendered aspects of women's lives in a hill village in central Nepal during the decade-long civil war (1996-2006). The predominantly middle aged and elderly women discussed in the paper were not directly influenced...
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