Military Engagement with Women, Peace and Security Issues: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

Charlotte Isaksson

January 28, 2014

Room 3545, Campus Center, UMass Boston

The United Nations Security Council first addressed the relation between women and war with its adoption of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security on October 31, 2000. In that resolution, and in international policy addressing women’s security ever since, the treatment of military actors is ambivalent.  UNSCR 1325 recognizes the harms women suffer at the hands of state militaries and non-state armed groups, but it also calls for greater participation of women in military peacekeeping forces.  Should advocates for women’s security, women’s political empowerment, and for sustainable peace see militaries as part of the problem, or part of the solution, or both?


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