Feminist Politics and the Use of Force

Theorising Feminist Action and Security Council Resolution 1325

Authored by: Gina Heathcote

Categories: The Field of Women, Peace and Security
Sub-Categories: International Agreements, International Law, National Security Forces and Armed Groups, UN Resolutions
Region: No Region
Year: 2011
Citation: Heathcote, Gina. "Feminist Politics and the Use of Force: Theorising Feminist Action and Security Council Resolution 1325." Socio-legal Review 7 (2011): 23-43.

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Executive Summary

This article reflects on the ten-year anniversary of “Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security‟ (hereinafter, “Resolution 1325”). The article contextualizes the Security Council’s approach within feminist legal thinking, using Resolution 1325 as a springboard for increased feminist conversations on the recurrent themes of essentialism, victim feminism, and praxis. It is argued that the feminist action in the Security Council should extend these debates. To this end, the article concludes with reflection on the possibility of force to save women, arguing that this fourth axis of feminist debate be taken up with some urgency by feminist scholars and activists.