Gender Justice in EU Crisis Management Missions

25 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2020

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Melanie Hoewer

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Politics and International Relations

Heidi Riley

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Politics and International Relations

Date Written: May 27, 2020

Abstract

This paper examines competing understanding of gender justice between CSDP civil and military staff and representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Using the three GLOBUS concepts of justice as an analytical framework the paper shows that there is a sharp contrast between CSDP staff discourse on gender justice and the implementation the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, and discourse from CSOs. It finds that approaches to gender justice in CSDP missions have been largely dominated by a justice as impartiality approach, located in the language of universal human rights but when we look at the actual the implementation of the WPS agenda in the field (or lack thereof), an approach rooted in the state-centric model of justice as non-domination emerges. In contrast, CSOs tend to advocate for the inclusion of a more context specific approach, one that takes account of intersectionality and complexity, more aligned with justice as mutual recognition. This disconnect in understandings of gender justice is problematic because in order for missions to be successful, or to have any transformative power, there is a need for a level of engagement between mission staff and CSOs. This is in order to take a context specific approach to gender justice in CDPD missions and to avoid the curtailing of certain women’s voices. The paper uses qualitative data from interviews with civilian and personnel from within military field missions and representatives of a variety of CSOs from both the global North and South.

Keywords: Civil society, EU, gender justice, peace and conflict, security, UNSCR 1325

Suggested Citation

Hoewer, Melanie and Riley, Heidi, Gender Justice in EU Crisis Management Missions (May 27, 2020). GLOBUS Research Paper 17/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3611586 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3611586

Melanie Hoewer (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Politics and International Relations ( email )

2-3 College Green
Dublin, Leinster
Ireland

Heidi Riley

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Politics and International Relations ( email )

2-3 College Green
Dublin, Leinster
Ireland

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