1st Edition

The Women, Peace and Security Agenda Place, Space, and Knowledge Production

Edited By Laura J. Shepherd Copyright 2022
    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda is comprised of the policies, protocols and practices enacted by a wide range of actors inspired by, or under the auspices, of the UN Security Council resolutions adopted under the title of ‘women and peace and security’. Since the adoption of the first resolution in 2000, resolution 1325, there have been nine others, each of which elaborates or extends aspects of the original resolution.

    This book provides a forward-looking collection of scholarship on the WPS agenda in two halves. The first half of the book presents a series of essays that each provide a glimpse of the rich and insightful research on WPS being undertaken in and about different contexts, to demonstrate the importance of centring the "local" as a site of knowledge production in the WPS agenda. The essays presented in the second half of the book also engage questions of knowledge production, documenting the exploratory methods in use in WPS scholarship, and highlighting those topics engaged at the hinterlands of what is a broad field – topics that gesture at the future of research in this area.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as special issues of the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

    Introduction: Encountering the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in 2020

    Laura J. Shepherd

    1. Global pathways or local spins? National Action Plans in South America

    Paula Drumond and Tamya Rebelo

    2. Rethinking "participation" in Women, Peace and Security discourses: engaging with "non-participant" women's movements in the Eastern borderlands of India

    Dipti Tamang

    3. In between the ulemas and local warlords in Afghanistan: critical perspectives on the "everyday," norm translation, and UNSCR 1325

    Shweta Singh

    4. "This agenda will never be politically popular": Central Europe’s anti-gender mobilization and the Czech Women, Peace and Security agenda

    Míla O’Sullivan and Kateřina Krulišová

    5. Temporality and the discursive dynamics of the Rwandan National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security from 2009 and 2018

    Diana Højlund Madsen and Heidi Hudson

    6. "Our struggle, our cry, our sweat": challenging the gendered logics of participation and conflict transition in Solomon Islands

    Nicole George and Pauline Soaki

    7. Affect and its instrumentality in the discourse of protection

    Florence Waller-Carr

    8. Female fighters shooting back: representation and filmmaking in post-conflict societies

    Evelyn Pauls

    9. Caught between art and science: the Women, Peace and Security agenda in United Nations mediation narratives

    Catriona Standfield

    10. "Masculinities perspectives": advancing a radical Women, Peace and Security agenda?

    Hannah Wright

    11. Gender in the United Nations’ agenda on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

    Ann-Kathrin Rothermel

    12. Women, Peace and Security in a changing climate

    Carol Cohn and Claire Duncanson


    Laura J. Shepherd is Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of International Relations at The University of Sydney, Australia and a Senior Research Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. She has researched extensively on the Women, Peace and Security agenda since its inception.

    'This collection does a great job of highlighting why it is necessary to assess the impact of NPAs at the local level. Listening to some of the most marginalized voices can show us the limitations of our current understanding of conflict resolution and processes of international and national policies’ translation to the local level.'

    - Mason Grant Considine, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Reading