An Army of Roses for Waging Peace: The Transformative Roles of Palestinian Women in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
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This thesis examines the different public roles Palestinian women have assumed during the contemporary history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The thesis uses the problematic juxtaposition between the high public visibility of female militants and relatively low visibility of female political figures as a basis for investigating individual Palestinian women and women's groups that have participated in the Palestinian public sphere from before the first Intifada to the present. The thesis addresses the current state of Palestine's political structure, how international sources of support for enhancing women's political participation might be implemented, and internal barriers Palestinian women face in becoming politically active and gaining leadership roles. It draws the conclusions that while Palestinian women do participate in the political sphere, greater cohesion between existing women's groups and internal support from society and the political system is needed before the number of women in leadership positions can be increased; and that inclusion of women is a necessary component of being able to move forward in peace negotiations.
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