Critically Examining UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security

Authored by: Nicola Pratt and Sophie Richter-Devroe

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, International Agreements, Peacemaking, Political Transitions
Region: No Region
Year: 2011
Citation: Pratt, Nicola and Sophie Richter-Devroe. "Critically Examining UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security." International Feminist Journal of Politics 13, no 4. (2011): 489-503.

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Here, we introduce the articles that comprise this special issue of IFJP, entitled, ‘Critically Examining UNSCR 1325’. The aim of this special issue is to examine the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and its implications for women’s activism and for peace and security. Given that the articles in this volume approach UNSCR 1325 from various perspectives and in different contexts, our aim in this introduction is to point out a number of conceptual, policy and practical issues that are crucial in the debates around UNSCR 1325 specifically, and women, peace and security more broadly. We do this in four parts: first, problematizing the resolution in relation to changes in global governance; second, examining the Resolution’s assumptions about (gendered) agency and structure; third, examining the Resolution’s assumptions about the links between conflict and gender; and, fourth, comparing different contexts in which 1325 is implemented. To some degree, differences between contributors may be accounted for by different understandings of feminism(s) as a political project. Different feminisms may underpin different visions of peace and, consequently, different projects of peacebuilding. Ultimately, this volume, while answering the questions that we originally posed, throws up new questions about transnational feminist praxis.