Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping

The Institute hosted a book launch and discussion with Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley on Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict Settings. Karim and Beardsley argue that gender power imbalances between the sexes place restrictions on the participation of women in peacekeeping missions. Specifically, discrimination, a relegation of women to safe spaces, and sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and violence (SEAHV) continue to threaten progress on gender equality. Karim and Beardsley examine how increasing the representation of women in peacekeeping forces, and even more importantly through enhancing a more holistic value for “equal opportunity,” can enable peacekeeping operations to overcome the challenges posed by power imbalances and be more of an example of and vehicle for gender equality globally.