1st Edition

Women, Peace and Security Translating Policy into Practice

Edited By Funmi Olonisakin, Karen Barnes, Eka Ikpe Copyright 2011
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a critical assessment of the impact of UN Resolution 1325 by examining the effect of peacebuilding missions on increasing gender equality within conflict-affected countries.

    UN Resolution 1325 was adopted in October 2000, and was the first time that the security concerns of women in situations of armed conflict and their role in peacebuilding was placed on the agenda of the UN Security Council. It was an important step forward in terms of bringing women’s rights and gender equality to bear in the UN’s peace and security agenda. More than a decade after the adoption of this Resolution, its practical reality is yet to be substantially felt on the ground in the very societies and regions where women remain disproportionately affected by armed conflict and grossly under-represented in peace processes. This realization, in part, led to the adoption in 2008 and 2009 of three other Security Council Resolutions, on sexual violence in conflict, violence against women, and for the development of indicators to measure progress in addressing women, peace and security issues.

    The book draws together the findings from eight countries and four regional contexts to provide guidance on how the impact of Resolution 1325 can be measured, and how peacekeeping operations could improve their capacity to effectively engender security.

    This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, gender studies, the United Nations, international security and IR in general.

    Part 1: Introduction  1. Introduction Karen Barnes and ‘Funmi Olonisakin  2. The Evolution and Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325: An Overview Karen Barnes  Part 2: Country Case Studies  3. Kosovo Gendered Violence and UNSCR 1325: Shifting paradigms on Women, Peace and Security Catherina H. Hall-Martin  4. Security Council Resolution 1325 Implementation in Liberia: Dilemmas and Challenges E. Njoki Wamai  5. Nepal and the Implementation of United Nations Security Council 1325 Lesley Abdela  6. Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Nigeria Eka Ikpe  7. Rwanda and the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Kiri-Ann E. Richardson Olney  8. Lost in Translation? UNAMSIL, Security Council Resolution 1325 and Women Building Peace in Sierra Leone Karen Barnes  9. The Impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Peacekeeping Operations in Sudan Gihan Eltahir  10. Women and Gender Issues in Peacebuilding: Lessons Learned from Timor-Leste Sumie Nakaya  Part 3: Regional Case Studies  11. The African Union and Implementation of UNSCR 1325 Bineta Diop  12. The Gender Dimensions of the ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture: a Regional Perspective on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Awa Ceesay- Ebo  13. A look at Security Council Resolution 1325 in SADC Nyaradzo Machingambi-Pariola  14. Turning policies into action? The European Union and the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 Karen Barnes  Part 4: Conclusion  15. Conclusion ‘Funmi Olonisakin and Eka Ikpe


    ’Funmi Olonisakin is Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King's College London. She initiated the establishment of the African Leadership Centre to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts on peace and security. Prior to this, she worked at the United Nations.

    Karen Barnes is Gender Project Coordinator at the OECD Development Centre. Previously, Karen lead the gender and peacebuilding team at International Alert and she is currently completing her PhD at the London School of Economics.

    Eka Ikpe is currently a Research Associate with the Conflict Security and Development Group, King’s College London.