Regroup and Separate: Women’s Participation as a Method of Empowerment in a Postwar Context

By Marie Saiget

This article studies the effects of participatory devices established by international actors, in this case CARE International’s solidarity groups in Burundian postwar society, on the forms of women’s political participation at a community level. Do they foster political and social empowerment for marginalized groups—in this case, women—in postwar contexts? I show that in organizing single-sex groups, these devices produce political empowerment without challenging social structures.


  • empowerment
  • participatory devices
  • solidarity groups
  • women leaders
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