Women, Peace and Security: A Critical Analysis of the Security Council's Vision

Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict, F Ni Aolain, N Cahn, D Hayes and N Valji (eds), Oxford University Press (Forthcoming)

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 705

25 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2015

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Dianne Otto

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Law School

Date Written: July 16, 2015

Abstract

In order to critically examine the Security Council’s vision of women, peace and security, and its impact on feminist aspirations for peace, I track the fortunes of three of the components of permanent peace identified a hundred years ago by the Hague Congress: calls for the equal participation of women and men in conflict-related decision-making, universal disarmament, and the adoption of measures to prevent the many adverse effects of war on women, especially sexual violence. In conclusion, I argue for rejecting conceptions of peace that are framed solely or largely in terms of militarized security and, instead, for reviving all of the elements of the permanent peace imagined by the Hague Congress in 1915, and building on their traces that can be found in the UN Charter. Feminist peace advocates need to rework these elements in light of present day arrangements of power and contemporary feminist perspectives informed by queer, indigenous, and postcolonial politics, and think again about the wisdom of looking to the Security Council as a vehicle for promoting permanent peace.

Keywords: women, peace, security

JEL Classification: K00, K33

Suggested Citation

Otto, Dianne L., Women, Peace and Security: A Critical Analysis of the Security Council's Vision (July 16, 2015). Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict, F Ni Aolain, N Cahn, D Hayes and N Valji (eds), Oxford University Press (Forthcoming), U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 705, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2631325

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