Everyday realities of reintegration: experiences of Maoist ‘verified’ women ex-combatants in the aftermath of war in Nepal

Luna K.C*

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    Abstract

    Global studies of women’s experiences in the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) process have explored its implications for women in the post-war period. Scholars have also already pointed out that ex-combatants in Nepal are facing difficulties in the reintegration period. This paper examines in particular the consequences of the DDR process for so-called Maoist ‘verified’ women ex-combatants, those who were formally acknowledged as former Maoist combatants and have experienced the entire DDR process. The paper asks how they experienced this process and how it shaped their post-conflict options. The paper first problematises the idea of a ‘return to normalcy’ and, second, shows how female ex-combatants suffered multiple forms of marginalisation as they sought to give new shape to their lives. I argue that this is in part due to the lack of a gender-inclusive framework in the DDR policy in Nepal and the failure to take into account the voices of women ex-combatants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)453-474
    Number of pages22
    JournalConflict, Security and Development
    Volume19
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2019

    Keywords

    • demobilisation and reintegration
    • disarmament
    • gender equality
    • Maoist armed conflict
    • Nepal
    • post-conflict settings
    • Verified women ex-combatant

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