Rural women with disabilities in post-conflict zones: the forgotten sisters of Australia’s disability-inclusive development

Alexandra Gartrell, Karen Soldatic

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International interventions to reconstruct post-conflict societies emerging from civil war, genocide and violence have introduced formal democratic systems as the cornerstone to peace-building and the re-establishment of legitimate political systems. Political and gendered cultural systems and norms however, may be in tension with international demands for rights-based, participatory governance. This article explores these tensions within the context of the Australian Government’s disability-inclusive agenda in its aid and development programme in post-conflict Cambodia. Although the ‘interaction between gender and disability’ is a guiding principle of Australia’s aid programme, extensive analysis suggests that in practice it is largely gender-neutral.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-381
Number of pages12
JournalThird World Thematics ( TWT )
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Cambodia
  • disability-inclusive
  • development
  • post-conflict
  • rural
  • women with disabilities
  • Australian Government
  • disability aid programme

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