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#SecurityHasNoGender. Frontex, border security, and the politics of gender-neutrality

Achilleos-Sarll, Columba, Sachseder, Julia and Stachowitsch, Saskia (2021) #SecurityHasNoGender. Frontex, border security, and the politics of gender-neutrality. Women, Peace and Security (31 Mar 2021). Blog Entry.

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To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex published a short video paying homage to women working at the EU’s external borders. The video, accompanied by the hashtag #SecurityHasNoGender, is reminiscent of a trailer from an action movie. Frame after frame depicts predominantly female border guards in roles such as passport checking and fingerprinting. Each frame narrates a story about ‘security’, and particularly the border security practices as engaged by Frontex, as seemingly gender-neutral. In different frames, for example, Frontex states that its activities are part of “preventing terrorism” and “protecting Europe,” which, it claims, “has no gender”.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 09:33
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 10:11

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