International Women's Organisations, Peace and Peacebuilding

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This chapter uses the published records of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) and of the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) to analyze how the positioning of international women’s organizations around neutrality played out in organizational configurations of peace and peacebuilding. The chapter argues that the IFUWs “disinterested” neutrality and the WIDF’s “active” neutrality connected to differing political views on equality, expertise, democracy, sovereignty and imperialism with consequences for the framing of the organizations’ peacebuilding activities and for their organizational links with Korea. The chapter uses the interactions of Kim Hawal-lan and Germaine Hannevaart with Korea to conclude that women’s engagement with the peacebuilding initiatives of international women’s organizations should be seen as the outcome of a series of encounters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Handbook of Global Approaches to Peace
EditorsAigul Kulnazarova, Vesselin Popovski
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-78904-0
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2019


  • peace
  • peace building
  • women
  • international women's organisations

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