The Importance of Psycho-Social Support for Women in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies
Call for Papers Deadline:
Women for Women International seeks submissions for the upcoming edition of its bi-annual journal, Critical Half. The journal raises awareness and sparks debate by presenting various perspectives on economic, social, and political issues as they relate to women in international development and conflict and post-conflict societies.
This issue of the journal will focus on the psycho-social aspects of trauma women suffer during and after major conflict, and how to best address this trauma in order to support women as they rebuild their lives and communities. We hope to examine existing approaches to psycho-social support, as well as specific challenges and strategies used by organizations in post-conflict settings. Accordingly, we welcome articles on the following topics:
Are there common mental and emotional challenges that survivors of conflict, particularly women, experience? Are there recognizable patterns that organizations providing support should understand?
What are some different approaches to psycho-social support after conflict (i.e. support groups, therapy, physical activity, job training, legal support, reconciliation)? What approaches have been more successful? What is important to understand or include in designing healing-oriented programs?
Are the emotional and psychological effects of war different for men than they are for women? If so, how should psycho-social support strategies differ?
Does the role and effectiveness of psycho-social support vary, depending on the women’s pre-conflict situation? How can women who already saw themselves as victims, or who seem “stuck” in a negative mental or emotional state, be assisted?
Articles should provide at least one example of a country’s experience that demonstrates the writer’s argument. Papers should incorporate a theoretical framework where possible and a discussion of its practical implications.
Articles should be 2,000-2,500 words long. The submission deadline is April 3, 2006. Articles should be sent by e-mail. Additional submission guidelines and past issues of the journal are available at http://www.womenforwomen.org/repubbiannual.htm.
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