This book centres on the negotiation of gender norms through gender mainstreaming initiatives in the post-tsunami reconstruction in Aceh, Indonesia. It is the result of years of engagement with questions of gendered effects of political violence and armed conflict in Aceh, but also of the international reconstruction aid that entered Aceh in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean earthquakes and the tsunami in December 2004.

Prior to my first visit to Aceh in 2006 as a humanitarian aid worker, I had for many years advocated for the integration of gender equality policies in the Finnish development cooperation policy, recognition of the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 in the European civilian and military crisis management ...

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