Equal opportunity peacekeeping : women, peace, and security by Sabrina Karim, Kyle Beardsley

By Sabrina Karim, Kyle Beardsley

Regardless of reforms that experience discovered significant advancements, gender energy imbalances inside and during peacekeeping missions proceed to pose significant demanding situations. Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley discover how expanding the illustration of girls, really via an 'equal chance' framework, can assist peacekeeping operations turn into extra of a motor vehicle for gender equality globally

summary: regardless of reforms that experience learned significant advancements, gender strength imbalances inside and during peacekeeping missions proceed to pose significant demanding situations. Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley discover how expanding the illustration of girls, rather via an 'equal chance' framework, can help peacekeeping operations turn into extra of a car for gender equality globally

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26 While the UN DPKO has developed an infrastructure around mitigating SEAHV, there is much room for improvement, as it presents a major protection problem for the UN. Thus, we return to the problem of SEAHV in c­ hapter 5, where we unpack potential causes of and solutions to it in PKOs. Aside from concerns related to abuses by mission personnel, peace operations are increasingly tasked with protecting civilians from conflict-​related sexual violence perpetrated by local actors. The UN defines “conflict-​related sexual violence” as rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced sterilization, and any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity perpetrated against women, men, or children with a direct or indirect (temporal, geographical, or causal) link to a conflict (UN, 2014).

UN peacekeeping missions often help host countries rebuild institutions as a part of their expanded multidimensional mandates. The expanded mandates often include promoting domestic reforms that ensure gender equality, especially as they relate to increasing local women’s representation in domestic institutions. For example, Sarah Bush (2011) finds that female legislative and party quotas are more likely in countries that have hosted PKOs. The potential influence of peacekeeping missions on the adoption of gender reforms related to women’s participation extends to the security sectors of host countries.

21 Peacekeeping missions thus appear to encourage the creation of NAPs that focus on domestic gender reforms. Second, in addition to helping host countries adopt NAPs, peacekeeping missions also help implement reforms geared toward increasing women’s representation in the domestic security sector. Gender reforms that increase women’s representation in the domestic security sector may include quotas for women in the police or military, female-​focused recruitment campaigns, the removal of restricted gender roles in security institutions, and appointments of women to high-​level security positions.

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