Peacekeeping and Gendered Relations


Higate, Paul. 2003. “Peacekeeping and Gendered Relations.” Peace and Conflict Monitor, online.

Author: Paul Higate


Television pictures of peacekeepers holding babies, handing out sweets to children, and disarming militia combine to portray these individuals as saviours of the war torn citizenry. Peacekeeper’s involvement in the reconstruction of schools, roads and utilities add to the sense that wealthier, more powerful countries wish to assist through their agreement to contribute peacekeeping troops, who in turn, are noted to impact positively on the society in question. However, these representations jostle with others that may evoke a qualitatively different response.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Peacekeeping, Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Year: 2003

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