How Women Are Imagined Through Conceptual Metaphors in United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security


Martín De La Rosa, Victoria, and Luis Miguel Lázaro. 2019. "How Women Are Imagined through Conceptual Metaphors in United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security." Journal of Gender Studies 28 (4): 373-86.

Authors: Victoria Martín de La Rosa, Luis Miguel Lázaro


United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 is a landmark pronouncement on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Not only does this resolution highlight the important role of the involvement of women in peace processes, but it also stresses the importance of their equal participation in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace. Furthermore, it also triggers the approval of some other resolutions, which are all further elaborations on that first document. The aim of this paper is to analyse, from a cognitive linguistic perspective, the way in which women are actually narrated in these pronouncements by means of the two conceptual metaphors that are most often repeated: WOMEN ARE VICTIMS, typically found in earlier resolutions, and WOMEN ARE AGENTS OF CHANGE, as the metaphor that has gained more strength and visibility as new resolutions have continued to appear. As metaphors are the cognitive lenses we use to make sense of abstract concepts, it is important that we look closely at each of those metaphors to see how they shape the characterization of women in times of armed conflict and post-conflict and, in doing so, how they guide our understanding and behaviour towards them.

Keywords: UNSC resolutions, peacebuilding, gender equality, conceptual metaphors

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Peace and Security, Post-Conflict, Peace Processes, UN Security Council Resolutions on WPS, UNSCR 1325

Year: 2019

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