Snagged on the Contradiction: NATO UNSC Resolution 1325, and Feminist Responses


Cockburn, Cynthia. 2011. ‘Snagged on the Contradiction: NATO UNSC Resolution 1325, and Feminist Responses’. Unpublished mansuscript.

Author: Cynthia Cockburn


Feminist antimilitarists in a host of countries and contexts are struggling with the contradictions inherent in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 of 31 October 2000 on Women, Peace and Security. It was ‘our’ achievement. It was ‘our’ project and ‘our’ success. Yet the more energetically we push for its implementation, the more we see its limitations. Worse, we realize how it can be used for ends quite contrary to those we intended. In this respect, NATO is a thought-provoking case. No…. more than that, it’s an enraging example of how good feminist work can be manipulated by a patriarchal and militarist institution. 

Keywords: UNSCR 1325, NATO, militarism, antimilitarism, patriarchy

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Women, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Patriarchy, International Organizations, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarism, UN Security Council Resolutions on WPS, UNSCR 1325 Countries: Afghanistan

Year: 2011

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