Sherriff, A. and K. Barnes. 2008. Enhancing the EU response to women and armed conflict - with particular reference to development policy. Study for the Slovenian EU Presidency (ECDPM Discussion Paper 84). Maastricht: ECDPM.
Women’s multiple and diverse roles in conflict are hidden, poorly understood and, at times, consciously or unconsciously dismissed. Usually it is women’s role as victims that is given most prominence. Though, in recent years the international community has become more responsive to women’s diverse roles as actors on conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building, there is recognition that the EU’s response to Women and Armed Conflict (WAC) must be scaled up, widened and deepened.
Key Purpose of ECDPM Study
The issue of women and children affected by armed conflict is one of the priorities of the 18-month troika programme of the three EU Presidencies of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia. This study, jointly commissioned by Slovenia, Austria and Germany, focuses on the EU’s response to Women and Armed Conflict. It describes international approaches and legal obligations to WAC, identifies and discusses the most salient issues, and gives an overview and assessment of the EU response to Women and Armed Conflict. In particular, the study provides insight in how to enhance the development cooperation dimension of the issue and to add possible development policy linkages to the European Union’s approach.