Takahashi 2012 Women

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Author: Saori Takahashi

Title: Cypriot Women and Peace Negotiations

Subtitle: Perceptions of the Process and Issues of Concern

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, American University

Year: 2012

Pages: 94pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Cyprian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Cyprus Dispute

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Abstract: »The international community recognizes as problematic the failure to include women’s perspectives in post-conflict peace negotiations. In Cyprus, it is fair to question whether women’s voices are heard by the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. This study investigates how Cypriot women activists perceive the inclusiveness of the peace negotiations and the importance of discussing women-specific issues connected to the conflict, in particular, the multiple rape incidents that occurred in 1974. Qualitative interviews were conducted with the ten Cypriot women; the interviewees were recruited through a snowball sampling procedure from among women who have engaged in civil society peace activities on the island. The interviews illuminate the clear importance these women attach to the inclusion of women at the negotiating table and their overriding sense that the patriarchal system accounts for their exclusion. What the women consider to be their priority topics for the official political negotiations varies; their views on whether or not people in Cyprus should confront the issue of the 1974 rape incidents were divided. These women’s perceptions fit squarely in the liberal feminist frame, concerned with women’s subordination in the public, political sphere. And their views cohere with other research on what prevents women’s participation at the negotiating table. They are somewhat more ambivalent about confronting gender based violence than in other places where actors in civil society have pushed for the implementation of justice systems to deal with rape incidents during conflicts. Drawing on the perceptions of women from both ethnic communities, this study adds complexity to the understanding of women’s substantive concerns in post-conflict peace negotiations in Cyprus.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. ii)
  Acknowledgement (p. iv)
  List of Tables (p. vii)
  Chapter 1. Introduction (p. 8)
    Introduction (p. 8)
    Background on the Cyrpus Problem (p. 13)
  Chapter 2. Theoretical Framework and Review of Literature (p. 21)
    Theoretical Framework (p. 21)
    Review of Relevant Literature (p. 26)
      Discussion of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (p. 26)
      Women's Participation at the Negotiating Table (p. 28)
      Confronting Gender Based Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings (p. 34)
  Chapter 3. Methodology (p. 40)
    Qualitative Interviews as a Method of Observation (p. 40)
    Developing Key Informants (p. 43)
    The Interviews (p. 47)
    Central Analytical Concepts (p. 48)
    Analysis of the Interviews (p. 50)
  Chapter 4. Findings (p. 53)
    Perspectives on Gendered Experiences of the Conflict (p. 53)
    Perspectives on Women's Participation at the Negotiating Table (p. 57)
    The Influence of Patriarchy (p. 58)
      The Qualities of Women Representatives (p. 60)
      Prioritizing Issues (p. 63)
      Including Women Means Inclusion of Other Marginalized Groups (p. 66)
      Confronting Incidents of Rape in the Conflict (p. 68)
    Summary of Findings (p. 73)
  Chapter 5. Discussion and Conclusion (p. 75)
    Discussion (p. 75)
    Conclusions (p. 82)
  Appendix: Interview Guide (p. 88)
  References (p. 90)

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