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date: 29 May 2020

(p. xvii) Acknowledgments

(p. xvii) Acknowledgments

This book is the product of many long-standing collaborations, relationships, and friendships. All four editors have long worked on issues of gender and conflict; all have lived in conflicted and violent societies; all have witnessed the costs of conflict on lives, infrastructures, and futures. Each of us has long been committed to the advancement of women’s rights, dignity, and inclusion in the most challenging circumstances, including armed conflict. And we are committed to recognizing that gender analysis, including but not limited to the role of men and masculinities in conflict settings, is critical to enabling a more fulsome discourse on the causes and resolution of conflict.

In bringing together the diverse group of scholars and practitioners for this Handbook, the editors sought to represent the diversity of voices writing across the globe on issues of conflict and gender. We were acutely aware of the challenges of those “outside” conflict writing for a Handbook about those “inside” the conflict. As much as possible, we sought to close that gap by inviting contributions from scholars and practitioners living in, or having deep connection to, conflict sites.

This Handbook has taken much longer for us to complete than we expected. The competing challenges of teaching, research, policy advancement, and lives lived in multiple countries has meant that the Handbook has accompanied us all for many years. We are grateful to our contributors, who have recognized that the value of deep and wide inclusion in the Handbook would inevitably bring some delays. We are grateful to the University of Minnesota Law School for hosting a conference on the theme of “Gendering Conflict and Post-Conflict Terrains: New Challenges and Opportunities” to bring many of our contributors together in May 2012. We also thank the Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which hosted another conference for Handbook participants in November 2013, enabling us to bring a large group of scholars together and encourage dialogue and synergy across contributions.

Naomi thanks Anne Goldstein and Susan Deller Ross for that first International Women’s Rights course so long ago, and Martha Fineman, for hosting the conference that, somewhat circuitously, resulted in this collaboration. Thanks to my amazing co-editors, and, as always, gratitude to Tony, for so much, including all of our time at the bends in the river, to my children, and to my parents, all of whom teach me the importance of fighting for justice.

Dina thanks foremost her co-editors, Fionnuala, Naomi, and Nahla, who have been consistently wise and gracious collaborators; the contributors to this Handbook, from whom she has learned so much. She offers particular thanks to Bert Lockwood, who got her started; Janie Chuang, who helped bring this group together; and to the late Sheri (p. xviii) Rosenberg, for being her wise self. Finally, she thanks Bella and Ken for their constant love and support.

Fionnuala is grateful for the privilege of working again with Dina and Naomi, as well as being able to collaborate with Nahla on this Handbook. She would like to particularly thank her Deans at Minnesota and Ulster, respectively, David Wippman and Paul Carmichel. She owes debts to her colleagues at the Transitional Justice Institute, including Lisa Thompson, Rory O’Connell, Monica McWilliams, and Eilish Rooney, who provided consistent support and encouragement during the completion of this Handbook. She notes the funding provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) through the Political Settlement Research Program in enabling completion of this project through the prism of the gender research work at the Transitional Justice Institute (Belfast). She thanks Oren, Aodhtan, Noa, and Malachi Gross for their support on the home front.

Nahla thanks first her co-editors, for having infinite patience with her over these past few years as she juggled the unanticipated, and her family, parents in particular, and husband for their support over the years; as well as the investment of a few incredible mentors she has been privileged to work with. And lastly, thanks to the Peace and Security team of UN Women, who in 2015 took on, in addition to their daily work, the Secretariat of the Global Study—the fifteen-year review of women, peace, and security—and made miracles happen through pure commitment.

We particularly want to thank the research assistants and administrative staff who have enabled the completion of this work. They include Anne Dutton (Minnesota Law School) for ongoing work over the past two years to help us get to the finish line, as well as Rebecca Cassler (Minnesota Law School), Victoria Jackson (Minnesota), Elaine McCoubrey (Ulster/TJI), and Alisha Malkani, Priom Ahmed, and Beverley Mbu at George Washington University. Our thanks to Dave McBride, for, so many years ago, asking us if we might be interested in writing this Handbook (little did we know!). And we thank each other for our long conversations and long-lasting commitment to the Handbook and its role in supporting the struggles of those for whom we write.