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If the Rwandan genocide was gendered, so has been the recovery. The introduction explores some recent studies of war zones worldwide that reveal consistent differences between how women as a group behave and are regarded compared to men as a group. Most mainstream coverage of the Rwanda carnage has treated women as victims of gruesome sexual violence. They were. But the popular genocide canon barely touches on women in their wisdom, perseverance, and strength. Through personal stories, the book preserves a record of a unique moment in Rwandan history and one that holds broader relevance because of its global significance—the twenty years following the 1994 genocide. Rwandan Women Rising memorializes the resurrection of women from victims to leaders helping their country emerge from chaos. The introduction closes with a description of the process through which the hundreds of stories were compiled to create this book.

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