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The UN Security Council and gender in health emergencies: what comes next?

Harman, Sophie and Wenham, Clare ORCID: 0000-0001-5378-3203 (2022) The UN Security Council and gender in health emergencies: what comes next? Australian Journal of International Affairs, 76 (1). 22 - 26. ISSN 1035-7718

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10357718.2021.2017839


Operative paragraph 7 of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2532 (2020) acknowledges ‘the critical role that women are playing in the COVID-19 response efforts’, the ‘disproportionate negative impact the pandemic is having on women and girls’, and ‘calls for concrete actions to minimise this impact and ensure the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and youth in the development and implementation of an adequate and sustainable response to the pandemic’. This Resolution is clear in its language: states must recognise and respond to the gendered effects of the pandemic. The adoption of Resolution 2532 and subsequently 2565 (2021) is an important opportunity to further integrate health emergencies and UNSC’s Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda. The language is deliberate: it offers global health a set of mechanisms on how to integrate gender into complex crises and, in turn, offers WPS a chance to engage with health and pandemics as a security challenge for women and girls. However, as previous health emergencies and the WPS agenda show us, Resolutions are not a panacea: they are political compromises often riddled with contradictions and are dependent on states and the international community to implement them.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 Australian Institute of International Affairs
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 11:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:37

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