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Handbook on Gender and War

Handbook on Gender and War

International Handbooks on Gender series

Edited by Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen

Gender and war are in many ways inextricably linked, and this path-breaking Handbook systematically examines the major issues surrounding this relationship. Each of its four sections covers a distinct phase of war: gender and opposition to war; gender and the conduct of war; gender and the impact of war; and gender and the aftermath of war. Original contributions from an international group of leading experts make use of a range of historical and contemporary examples to interrogate the multi-faceted connection between gender and war.

Chapter 27: The United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security agenda

Soumita Basu

Subjects: politics and public policy, international politics, terrorism and security


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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