CEDAW and the Security Council: Enhancing Women’s Rights in Conflict


O'Rourke, Catherine, and Aisling Swaine. 2018. "CEDAW and the Security Council: Enhancing Women’s Rights in Conflict." The International and Comparative Law Quarterly 67 (1): 167-99.

Authors: Catherine O'Rourke , Aisling Swaine


The proliferation of legal and normative standards regulating women’s rights in conflict has been accompanied by concerns about their efficacy. The article examines the activities of the CEDAW Committee and the UN Security Council and considers how synergies might be advanced. The article finds that, while the Security Council has unique authority over UN system activities, sanctions and peacekeeping, the CEDAW Committee—as a human rights treaty monitoring body— possesses the more effective system of State accountability and the more robust commitment to women’s equality and rights. The article proposes measures for the optimum interaction between both institutions in order to maximize overall accountability for women’s rights in conflict.

Keywords: accountability, armed conflict, CEDAW, feminism, fragmentation, peace and security, United Nations Security Council, women, women's rights

Topics: Conflict, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, International Organizations, Peace and Security, Rights, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Year: 2018

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