When is peace?

Women's post-accord experiences in three countries

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The author revisits women's peace organisations she first encountered in 1995-6 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine, a time when in all three places there seemed to be some hope for peace. She wanted to find out how their organisations – the Medica Women's Therapy Centre, the Belfast Women's Support Network and Bat Shalom of the North had fared in the intervening years – and what had become of their efforts to foster dialogue and peace. In general hopes have been dashed, especially in Israel-Palestine. Women and the politics of gender – let alone any idea of a transversal politics of 'empathy without sameness, shifting without tearing up your roots' – have been largely out of the picture for policy makers in these areas.
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