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Chen, Eirene and Jalalzada, Mariam (2008). Gender and Community Peacebuilding in Rural Afghanistan. Peace Prints. South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding. 1(1).

This paper examines prevailing cultural attitudes towards Afghan women as peacebuilders and explores the impact that an innovative UNHCR-sponsored refugee reintegration program has had on gender dynamics in several rural Afghan communities divided by a history of violent conflict. The program integrates intercommunal reconciliation activities with joint income-generation projects, in an effort to restore trust and strengthen economic capacity. The authors discuss how implementation methodologies have affected the lives of the women who participated in the program as community peace mobilizers. They also propose culturally sustainable strategies to facilitate gender equality in rural communities. (Author's abstract)


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