Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


International Affairs

First Advisor

Robert Wyrod

Second Advisor

John Griffin

Third Advisor

Shuang Zhang


This thesis analyzes the role of former female combatants in post conflict reconciliation and reintegration in the context of northern Uganda. The contribution of former female combatants in transitional justice processes is important because it incorporates a gendered perspective that is oftentimes ignored in traditional peace processes. The case study from northern Uganda proves that once former female combatants are mobilized, they create a powerful collective voice and collective identity that has the capacity to reconcile the divide in society and address the plight of war affected individuals. This study extends similar research in other post conflict contexts, including Liberia and Colombia. However, this study folds in the importance of former female combatants in peace processes, rather than focusing on the impact of civilian women’s peace movements. To convey the importance of former female combatants in reconciliation and reintegration, I present a multi-tiered breakdown of the impact they have on various levels of Ugandan society. My research shows that the initiative of former female combatants to reconcile post conflict contexts extends to individuals, families, communities, the northern region, and the entire nation of Uganda.

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