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Achieving Human Security



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Women's Action for New Directions (WAND)

Women, Peace and Security: Practical Guidance on Using Law to Empower Women in Post­-Conflict Systems—Best Practices and Recommendations from the Great Lakes Region of Africa

One critical way to facilitate women’s increased participation in post-conflict contexts is by making a greater connection between the UN’s women, peace, and security framework and a country’s existing legal institutions and rule of law. Produced in 2014, this toolkit uses experiences from the Great Lakes Region to present strategies of how to link the women, peace, and security agenda to the rule of law and offer lessons learned for practitioners in other countries.

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Journal of Peacebuilding & Development

Rethinking Women’s Empowerment

This article draws on interviews with women in Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste to study how concepts of empowerment change for women living in insecurity. The author argues that, since understandings of empowerment and representation differ across cultures, strategies to foster empowerment must be locally-driven.

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Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre

UNSCR 1325: The Challenges of Framing Women’s Rights as a Security Matter

This report unpacks the argument that using security language has actually limited UNSCR 1325’s implementation by promoting a narrow, “essentialist” view of women as peacekeepers. It goes on to outline opportunities and entry points for reconceptualizing ideas about women, security, and gender to further the 1325 agenda. International security professionals and students alike will appreciate this perspective.

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Santa Clara Journal of International Law

Women in the Post-Conflict Process: Reviewing the Impact of Recent U.N. Actions in Achieving Gender Centrality

This article asserts that UNSCR 1325 has had little substantive effect on women’s lives in post-conflict zones. Using Darfur and Afghanistan as case studies, the article seeks to demonstrate the de-prioritization of women’s perspectives in conflict situations and how interventions are only as good as the level of knowledge and political will of the people involved. It concludes with recommendations directed toward the UN and UN Security Council.

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Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Putting the Responsibility to Protect into Practice

This article links the Responsibility to Protect doctrine with UNSCR 1325, proposing that their implementation reinforces each other. It compares the two agendas and offers insight into the ways UN and NATO peace and security operations can practically benefit from the inclusion of UNSCR 1325 objectives. The primary audience is international security personnel, but the findings can also assist civil society in advocating for support of UNSCR 1325 and NAPs.

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International Review of the Red Cross

UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820: Constructing Gender in Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law

Gender issues related to conflict extend beyond sexual violence and rape. The goal of this paper is to evaluate whether the process of gender mainstreaming using UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 helps to strengthen constructions of gender within international humanitarian law. This paper is especially useful for UN Security Council members, international law practitioners, and students who are interested in reconstructing the narrative around women, peace, and security in international law.

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