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    Women, Peace, and Security
    (Routledge, 2023-03-29)
    In this chapter, students will learn about the women, peace, and security agenda (WPS). Initially adopted by the UN Security Council in 2000, the WPS agenda now consists of ten resolutions that establish provisions to address gaps in gender-responsive approaches to peace and security, and that seek to advance women’s rights across all aspects of conflict prevention, management, and response. Since its adoption, scholars, policymakers and activists have expanded the reach and impact of the agenda. It is also subject to wide-ranging critique, particularly regarding its implementation by UN member states and the UN system. This chapter provides an overview of the adoption of the WPS agenda and its broad aims and sets out some of the key areas of debate and critique thus far.
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    Aligning Participation and Protection in the Women Peace and Security Agenda
    (Cambridge University Press, 2023-04) ;
    This article presents the first feminist doctrinal textual analysis of cross-pillar synergies within thematic resolutions of the UN Security Council. Specifically, it examines the pillars of ‘participation’ and ‘protection’ under the women, peace and security agenda (WPS). In attempts to balance agency with victimhood, normative advancement of both pillars has until recently evolved along parallel tracks, with little acknowledgment of how protection relates to women’s participation. The paper identifies synergies, gaps and productive tensions as the WPS agenda begins to engage with the inter-relationship between the pillars. It outlines critical implications and considerations for any future moves towards cross-pillar congruence.
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    The nexus between COVID-19 and gender, peace, and security: opportunities and risks for gender planning responses
    (Taylor & Francis, 2023)
    This article presents a textual analysis of areas of convergence and divergence between the United Nations (UN) Framework for the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19 and the six National Action Plans (NAPs) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) of the Arab States region. The article contributes to debates on the centering or sidelining of gender analysis and planning in crisis response to the nexus between COVID-19 and gender, peace, and security. Gender and gender planning inform the textual analysis, which shows that there are significant areas of overlap between the UN COVID-19 Framework and the NAPs. Divergences, such as the greater emphasis on economic recovery in the UN COVID-19 Framework, expose the gaps in engagement with the socio-economic and subsistence harms in the WPS agenda. Given the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and the expectation of future novel outbreaks, the article provides evidence that rather than sidelining gender in times of crisis, existing tools such as NAPs should be centered in planning responses.
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    Resurfacing Gender: A Typology of Conflict-Related Violence Against Women for the Northern Ireland Troubles
    (SAGE, 2022-08-25)
    The conflict in Northern Ireland has been assumed to represent an outlier in respect of the contemporary global discourse on conflict-related violence against women (CRVAW) and particularly strategic sexualised violence. CRVAW has neither commanded the narrative nor imagery of that conflict, nor specifically recognized as part of women’s experiences of it. However, a composite and comprehensive analysis of CRVAW for that context has been absent. Drawing from primary and secondary research the article presents the first typology of CRVAW for Northern Ireland. The article maps and evidences a range of gendered harms directly and indirectly resulting from the conflict enacted by state and non-state actors. Drawing from early feminist work on the need for gender in the analysis of conflict violence and based on critical harm theory, the typology evidences that sexualised sectarianism directed at women featured in and characterised women’s experiences of the conflict and that there is a strategic characteristic to some of the harms that women experienced. The article argues that a re-surfacing of gender is required in current global debates on conflict violence to make visible the strategic nature of violence that is determined by its gendered underpinnings, meaning and efficacy in a context such as Northern Ireland.
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    Moving in a State of Fear: Ambiguity, Gendered Temporality, and the Phenomenology of Anticipating Violence
    (Taylor & Francis, 2022-10-06) ; ;
    This article adopts a feminist phenomenological method to flesh out the way in which gendered norms position the experience of anticipating violence. While women’s everyday lives are frequently polluted with an atmosphere laden with potential threats, the law struggles to adequately grasp this experience of anticipating violence. We argue that the dominant legal understanding of violence is incapable of grasping the experience of anticipating violence because the temporal focus of violence is constrained by the law’s focus on violence as an ‘event’ to which it responds. Drawing on interviews with women in positions of leadership in Northern Ireland we provide a description of this gendered experience of anticipating violence. In these cases, women occupy a temporally and spatially stretched out space of being-in-anticipation that not only creates an atmosphere of ambiguity but restricts the space for women to exercise control over their own lives. Arguably the way that anticipation restricts women’s ways of engaging with the world create affective conditions that parallel those of the violence they seek to avoid. We conclude by proposing that the ambiguity that characterises anticipation leaves space for a compassionate response through intersubjective recognition.
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