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The Gendered Economy of the Return Migration of Internally Displaced Women in Sierra Leone

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  • Tsehai Berhane-Selassie

    (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

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Cet article se penche sur le retour dans leurs communautés d'origine de femmes victimes de violences sexuelles pendant le conflit qui a affecté le Sierra Leone pendant plus d'une décennie et sur les effets des violences subies sur leurs vies. Les abus dont elles ont été victimes ont non seulement mené à des ruptures dans leurs vies conjugales, mais aussi à des accusations de pollution sociale. Ces femmes ont donc été marginalisées, et privées de leurs droits liés au mariage, tel que l'accès à la terre. Leurs efforts pour inverser cette tendance ont nécessité l'établissement de nouvelles relations avec les hommes, y compris avec leurs maris. Cet article décrit les défis économiques, personnels, et sociaux – liés au contexte culturel local – auxquels ces femmes ont dû faire face, soulignant en particulier la manière dont elles perçoivent et cherchent à gérer des relations complexes de dépendance. En juxtaposant ces stratégies avec les droits humain universels des femmes, cet article préconise leur prise en compte dans l'analyse et la détermination des politiques de développement transformatiste, ainsi que des processus de résolution de conflits.

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  • Tsehai Berhane-Selassie, 2009. "The Gendered Economy of the Return Migration of Internally Displaced Women in Sierra Leone," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 21(5), pages 737-751, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:eurjdr:v:21:y:2009:i:5:p:737-751
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