A gender history of the Northern Ireland peace process

Socialist History - ISSN 0969-4331
Volume 2023 Number 63

A gender history of the Northern Ireland peace process
Fidelma Ashe pages 71-88


This article explores the gender history of the peace process in Northern Ireland (NI). The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement laid the foundation for ending the violent conflict that had characterised the region since 1969. Understanding the role that gender has played in building peace in NI requires an analysis of the role of gender and gender-power relationships during the period of conflict, colloquially known as the NI troubles. Gendering both peace and conflict in NI exposes women’s experiences during the conflict, which includes its gendered harms and women’s resistance to gender hierarchies, stereotypes, and the militarism that marked the context. When opportunities for peace emerged in the 1990s, women wanted their voices to be heard during the negotiations that followed. However, the peace-building processes and institutions that materialised meant that women faced many challenges in their struggle for a positive peace that included addressing the gendered inequalities of the past and the present. 

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Fidelma Ashe (2023) A gender history of the Northern Ireland peace process, Socialist History, 2023(63), 71-88

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