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Feminist peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa

Kaya, Zeynep (2020) Feminist peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa. Transforming Power to Put Women at the Heart of Peacebuilding: A collection of regional-focused essays on feminist peace and security. Oxfam, Oxford, GB. ISBN 9781787486478

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Identification Number: 10.21201/2020.6478


In her essay, Zeynep Kaya observes the tensions within the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the Middle East and North Africa region. Given that the agenda emerged from UNSCR 1325, the framework and structures cannot help but replicate the ‘hard power’ and agendas of the member states. Kaya identifies that the UN Security Council’s tendency to associate peace with ‘security’ has led WPS to also be framed within security and war frameworks. As a result, the WPS agenda has moved away from an anti-war and rights-based agenda to one for making wars ‘safer’ for women and using military measures to protect women from sexual violence. In many contexts, the international community has too often substituted ‘peacebuilding’ for ‘peacekeeping’. This essay is part of a collection on feminist peacebuilding

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2020 Oxfam International
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2022 10:06
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:24

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