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date: 13 June 2021

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This chapter examines the factors behind the lack of progress in minimizing conflict, building peace, and improving security for women in conflict-affected environments. It reviews how cycles of conflict have been described in mainstream conflict analysis, which often include ill-conceived and temporary approaches to conflict management. The chapter explores where gender has been situated in these analyses, as well as the impact of adding gender data in operationalizing conflict responses, as opposed to engaging in a more thorough feminist analysis. This chapter then offers suggestions for broadening the mainstream approach by integrating a more fruitful gender analysis that addresses integrating holistic understandings of gendered relationships within society as a whole. The chapter ends with a call to conceptualize both conflict and gender as complex and fluid in order to create a more accurate analysis and more nuanced responses.

Keywords: building peace, gender data, conflict analysis, feminist analysis, conflict cycles

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