Post-conflict women's movements in turmoil : the challenges of success in Liberia in the 2005-aftermathPost-conflict women's movements in turmoil : the challenges of success in Liberia in the 2005-aftermath
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Citizenship, Equality & Diversity (CED)
Journal of modern African studies. - Cambridge, 1963, currens
54(2016):2, p. 293-316
University of Antwerp
In Liberia, women's advocacy has been crucial in bringing peace after.. years of conflict as well as in electing Africa's first female president. While the accomplishments of the women's movement have been widely praised, some authors have suggested that the once vibrant movement is crumbling. In this article we claim that one of the most important challenges for the Liberian women's movement comes precisely from its internationally proclaimed success, provoking four related outcomes: First, different women's organisations compete for the credit of the success story; second, the national government has tried to appropriate the movement and integrate it into governmental structures; third, the relationship between the movement and its international partners has evolved towards mutual disappointment due to a lack of sustainable funding and unmet expectations; and fourth, the movement seems stuck in the peacemaker label and unable to redefine itself to engage in new battles as international aid diminishes.