How Do Internally Displaced Women Respond to their Own Situations? A Case Study of the Emergence and Practices of Leadership Among Urban IDP Women in Columbia.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Arts at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: This thesis is divided into three parts, each with several sections. (1) The first part begins with background on the Colombian conflict and internal displacement, followed by IDP policy (including perceptions from IDP women leaders on each); and methodology. Next are three short se... read morections to keep in mind throughout the remaining findings: the conceptual overview provides a foundation with central dimensions of displacement, gender, and leadership; and 'gendered experiences of conflict and displacement' and 'IDPs as social agents' offer further discussion based on the literature. (2) In the second part, I present findings based on my data collection in Colombia and analysis, divided as 'emergence' and 'practices' of leadership. I begin with a profile of IDP women leaders, which includes conditions in which leaders emerge and which serve as barriers to emergence, socio-demographics, displacement patterns and experiences, women's experiences of conflict and displacement, urban conditions, and how they affect leadership. Subsequently, 'emergence of IDP women leaders' covers how women become ) ) ) ) A. )Taylor ) ) ) ) )10 )leaders, prior leadership experience, training, and motivation. Risks and threats IDP women leaders face are discussed next. I then analyze leadership practices, highlighting issues of inclusion and representation of IDP women leaders among other leaders and stakeholders, and among their IDP constituency. I also discuss gendered spaces of leadership; critiques, challenges, and best leadership practices and strategies raised by women leaders and professionals; and IDP women leaders, the household and family. (3) Last, I provide some concluding thoughts and include several annexes.read less