Chapter 31: Abstract

The United Nations, Gendered Human Rights and Peacekeeping since 1945

Sandra Whitworth (York University, Department of Political Science)

Abstract

Feminist observers of peacekeeping have asked why very little has changed within the peacekeeping of the United Nations since 1945, despite a greater overall attention to questions of gender within the UN: for example, despite calls for greater representation of women on missions, they continue to constitute a small fraction of the personnel deployed; despite calls to ‘gender mainstream’ missions, peace operations often result in heightened insecurity for some women and girls. This chapter examines the evolution of UN peacekeeping alongside an examination of the greater attention devoted to questions of women and gender within the UN system from 1945 to the present. It argues that the ultimately ‘problem-solving’ approach to gender and peacekeeping adopted by the UN limits the possibility of any substantive impact its policies around gender may ever achieve.

Keywords

Gender Equality; Gender Mainstreaming; Militarism; Peacekeeping; Sexual Violence; United Nations; Gender; Masculinity; Post-1945; Africa; Asia; Europe; North America.

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