Women, Peace, and Security



Download Full Text (3.4 MB)


Peace insights from Rwanda and Serbia will be highlighted using in-country qualitative leadership data collected by Amanda Metcalfe. Her work spans multiple international regions and concerns itself with working leadership strategies that promote ethics of gender equality. For this review she narrows her research to the attention of two grassroots movements using micro-sociological approaches. These regions are of particular importance because of their socio-political history, encounters with violent conflict and authoritarian rule. Women have, through the complexity of that history, managed to address future violence in unconventional ways. Those involved use feminist compelled social strategies to interface peace and create “movement.” The theoretical grounding of each movement will be discussed, as each target certain situational opportunities and interpersonal dynamics that fuel violence– and while movement are important to study, so too is the ability to re-perform them for future peace efforts.

Publication Date

May, 2023


U.S. Naval War College


Newport, Rhode Island


WPS, post-conflict transition, feminist leadership, ethics of gender equality, micro sociological approach, Rwanda, Serbia

Post-conflict Development of Feminist Leadership: Peace Insights from Rwanda and Serbia