Practicing Women, Peace and Security in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Citation:

Swaine, Aisling. 2015. “Practicing Women, Peace and Security in Post-Conflict Reconstruction.” In International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy, edited by Matthew Saul and James A. Sweeney. New York, NY: Routledge.

 

Author: Aisling Swaine

Keywords: gender equality, women, peace and security, UN Security Council, Liberia, Violence against women, Resolution 1325, feminist legal theory

Annotation:

"The advent of what is now referred to as the women, peace and security agenda (WPS), consisting of seven resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, brought with it great expectations. The resolutions created hope that approaches to addressing armed conflict and post-conflict reconstruction would tackle entrenched gendered bias against women and become equitably reflective of the gendered economic, political and social justice concerns of both women and men. Since their adoption however, scholars and activists have critiqued the gaps that remain in securing implementation of the resolutions. As a chapter in a volume examining International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy, this paper examines the tensions that arise between the potential gains that can be made for women under this framework, and the limited ways in which the resolutions have been conceptually developed and since inception, implemented. Through the example of Liberia’s National Action Plan on women, peace and security, this chapter examines the pros and cons of a bureaucratic translation of an international law instrument into a state-level administrative policy tool. The chapter highlights that such processes should be practically oriented towards tackling the root causes of the obstacles faced by women - the gender inequalities that pre-empted the conflict and endure in its aftermath."

(Social Sicence Research Network)

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Men, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, International Law, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, UN Security Council Resolutions on WPS Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Liberia

Year: 2015

© 2017 CONSORTIUM ON GENDER, SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTSLEGAL STATEMENT All photographs used on this site, and any materials posted on it, are the property of their respective owners, and are used by permission. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image. Materials: Visitors to the site are welcome to peruse the materials posted for their own research or for educational purposes. These materials, whether the property of the Consortium or of another, may only be reproduced with the permission of the owner of the material. This website contains copyrighted materials. The Consortium believes that any use of copyrighted material on this site is both permissive and in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of 17 U.S.C. § 107. If, however, you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated, please contact the Consortium at info@genderandsecurity.org.