Handbook on Gender and Violence
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Handbook on Gender and Violence

Edited by Laura J. Shepherd

Containing contributions from leading experts in the field, this Handbook explores the many ways gender and violence interact across different contexts and offers a range of disciplinary perspectives. This comprehensive volume connects micro-level interpersonal violence to macro-level structural forms of violence across three discrete but interrelated sections: concepts, representations, and contexts.
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Chapter 20: Gender, violence, and the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Sara Meger


The UN’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda provides the international standard for addressing gendered violence in international relations. While the securitization of gendered violence through Security Council Resolution 1325 and the subsequent resolutions that now make up the WPS agenda have been lauded by many for elevating the long-expressed concerns that the effects of war, armed conflict, and other forms of international insecurity have distinctly gendered effects, this chapter raises critical questions regarding the understandings of gender and violence within the WPS agenda, as well as its unintended effects on structural, cultural, and economic forms of violence against women. This chapter focuses on how certain interpretations of the WPS agenda have limited the radical potential of Resolution 1325 and produced the unintended consequence of further marginalizing from the international agenda the multiple and pressing forms of insecurity that affect women across the world.

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