Internal Variation in Norm Localization: Implementing Security Council Resolution 1325 in Israel

Citation:

Aharoni, Sarai B. 2014. “Internal Variation in Norm Localization: Implementing Security Council Resolution 1325 in Israel.” Social Politics 21 (1): 1–25. doi:10.1093/sp/jxu003.

Author: Sarai B. Aharoni

Abstract:

The article explores the localization process of Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) in Israel after the Second Intifada. An analysis of four forms of interpretation developed in 2000-2010 by local and international actors: protest, political dialog, legal reforms, and transformative actions, reveals a selective localization pattern that goes far beyond conflict-related women's rights. This variation was linked to the nature of interactions between civil society organizations and governmental agencies and could be explained by two national-level factors: (i) despite the escalation of political violence the State of Israel continued to develop national machineries promoting gender equality for women citizens, a process that minimized state dependency on international mechanisms; (ii) by using the universal language of SCR 1325 to construct, redefine, and reinforce domestic identities and interests, governmental agencies and women's groups were in fact seeking new forms of political legitimacy. I argue that the normative language of SCR 1325 proved to be especially beneficial on the civil society level, enabling women's organizations to survive the generally unfavorable domestic opportunity structure during the Second Intifada. However, traditional state-centered policies and perceptions of women's political participation remain a determining factor in explaining their effectiveness and success.

Keywords: society, citizens, gender equity, perceptions, Israel

Topics: Civil Society, Democracy / Democratization, Gender, Women, Gender Mainstreaming, NGOs, Rights, Women's Rights, UN Security Council Resolutions on WPS, UNSCR 1325 Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Israel

Year: 2014

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