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Part I International Law and Global Security, Ch.5 Gendered Security

Gina Heathcote

From: The Oxford Handbook of the International Law of Global Security

Edited By: Robin Geiß, Nils Melzer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 June 2024

Indigenous peoples — Collective security

This chapter explores the links between women, peace, and security in the activities of international institutions, such as the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and well beyond institutional settings. Since the adoption of UNSC Resolution 1325, there has been recognition within international institutions that there is a link between women, peace, and security. The chapter draws on a range of feminist approaches to mark a shift towards gender (rather than women) and security and a need for further expansion of the field to acknowledge plural feminist approaches. The latter is demonstrated through an incorporation of indigenous feminisms, an analysis of gendered security at sea, and the impact of the politics of austerity within Western democracies. The chapter then provides a gender analysis of UNSC Resolution 2467 (2019), which was drafted by Germany. Resolution 2467 focuses on conflict-related sexual violence and although it still continued an agenda for supporting punitive measures—sanctions and prosecutions—the draft introduced a reproductive health response to this form of gender-based violence.

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