Intimacy and the Gendering of War: Women’s experience of insurgency war (1996-2006)in Nepal,

Bertrand Taithe, Róisín Read, Bhimsen Devkota, Sudha Ghimire

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This article explores intimacy and gendered practices in insurgent warfare, with special reference to the conflict in Nepal between 1996 and 2006. Drawing on fieldwork, we argue that women’s experiences of and during the insurgency highlight how they engaged with bodily concerns and care, reproductive, and healing practices while serving revolutionary causes. By drawing attention to these particular issues, the article contends that most of the existing literature on conflict fails to account for the gendered nuances and micro-politics of care in violent contexts. It shows how healthcare provisions have been restricted to informal and private spaces due to attacks against healthcare and illustrates the long-term impacts of being unable to access public healthcare due to insecurity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-679
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2024

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