International Handbooks on Gender series
Edited by Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen
Chapter 27: The United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security agenda
Particularly since the third United Nations (UN) World Conference on Women held in 1985 in Nairobi, the UN has been crucial to the development of international policies and norms relating to gender and war, though often with a narrower focus on women and armed conflicts. First, this chapter traces the historical evolution of what has come to be known as the ‘women, peace and security’ agenda at the UN. This agenda was consolidated with the passage of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security in the year 2000, and six follow-up resolutions on the theme. Second, the chapter provides a critical examination of the resolutions and their implementation. Finally, it considers the relative significance of UN policy mechanisms in wartime and in post-war societies with respect to gender issues.
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