Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States - Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations (Hardback)
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Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States - Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations (Hardback)

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Recent developments such as Sweden's' Feminist Foreign Policy, the "Hillary Doctrine," and the integration of women into combat roles in the U.S. have propelled gender equality to the forefront of international politics. The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, however, has been integrating gender equality into peacekeeping missions for nearly two decades as part of the women, peace and security agenda that has been most clearly articulated in UNSC Resolution 1325. To what extent have peacekeeping operations achieved gender equality in peacekeeping operations and been vehicles for promoting gender equality in post-conflict states? While there have been major improvements related to women's participation and protection, there is still much left to be desired. Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley argue that gender power imbalances between the sexes and among genders 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. Using unique cross-national data on sex-disaggregated participation of peacekeepers and on the allegations of SEAHV, as well as original data from the UN Mission in Liberia, the authors examine the origins and consequences of these challenges. Karim and Beardsley also identify and 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190602420
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 574 g
Dimensions: 242 x 178 x 22 mm


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Equal opportunity peacekeeping presents a systematic and thorough overview of relevant feminist scholarship, with the aim to generate 'theoretical expectations' especially regarding practices of 'female ratio balancing', where the numbers of female peacekeepers is increased. * Soumita Basu, International Affairs *
A major strength of the book is its robust empirical analysis of a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative data sources through which it demonstrates the limitations of existing reforms of gender and peacekeeping. Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping makes a significant contribution to identifying the mechanisms through which peacekeeping practices can begin to equally value womens participation, which will be of considerable interest to all students of gender and international relations. * Matthew Kearns, E-International Relations *
Karim (Cornell) and Beardsley (Duke) have given us a theoretically informed, data-driven analysis of both gender (in)equality in peacekeeping units and the sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and violence (SEAHV) that often accompany their deployments. Intended for specialists and advanced students, this book is highly recommended for university libraries and specialized collections on international affairs and security studies. * CHOICE *

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