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Training the troops on gender: the making of a transnational practice

Holvikivi, Aiko ORCID: 0000-0001-7901-1105 (2021) Training the troops on gender: the making of a transnational practice. International Peacekeeping, 28 (2). 175 - 199. ISSN 1353-3312

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13533312.2020.1869540


Over the past two decades, the international Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has established a commitment to increase the participation of women in matters of peace and security, to ensure the protection of women's rights, and to include gender perspectives in conflict prevention. The WPS agenda foresees a number of measures to make peacekeeping more gender-responsive, including training uniformed peacekeepers on gender. These policy commitments date back to the year 2000, and have instigated the development of training materials and the institutionalization of training at regional and national levels. This article examines these training mandates, asking: What is the scope and nature of gender training for peacekeepers? How is gender understood to operate in peacekeeping? A review of international and national policy commitments demonstrates that training uniformed peacekeepers on gender has become a significant transnational practice. An examination of these mandates and training guidance reveals that training discourse establishes a normative understanding of gender that is focused primarily on vulnerability to sexual violence, and that frames gender as a question of skills and capacities rather than political investments or moral values. However, differences in localization demonstrate that gender training could be and sometimes is understood more expansively.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Gender Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2021 11:48
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 19:18

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