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Creating a Shared Society in Northern Ireland: Why We Need to Focus on Gender Equality

Gray, Ann Marie and Neill, Gail (2011) Creating a Shared Society in Northern Ireland: Why We Need to Focus on Gender Equality. Youth and Society, 43 (2). pp. 468-487. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0044118X10383548


International evidence has increasingly highlighted the necessity to understand the impact of conflict on the lives of girls and women and the importance of addressing gender equality as part of peace processes. This article argues that women, and especially young women, have been left out of much of the conflict discourse within Northern Ireland and there is little understanding of how the conflict has affected them. Analysis of in-depth interviews with young women reveals how their opportunities and choices in many areas of their life have been restricted by growing up in a divided society. There is a high level of disillusionment with politics and politicians with many identifying what they see as continuing sectarianism in Northern Ireland politics.Yet the “invisibility” of young women is unlikely to be addressed, or their confidence in politics strengthened, unless they are given the space, freedom, and encouragement to begin to articulate their thoughts and concerns.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:conflict, young women, Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:20866
Deposited By: Dr Ann Gray
Deposited On:25 Jan 2012 17:47
Last Modified:06 Nov 2012 15:17

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