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Migrant and refugee activists as security agents: openings in the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Reeves, Audrey and Holvikivi, Aiko ORCID: 0000-0001-7901-1105 (2023) Migrant and refugee activists as security agents: openings in the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Territory, Politics, Governance. ISSN 2162-2671

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21622671.2023.2180427


This article examines how refugee and other migrant women resettled in Europe influence security governance and knowledge in European governments and at the United Nations. We document migrant women’s activism and collaboration with policymakers in relation to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, a global assemblage of policy, legislation and advocacy grown out of women’s activism at the United Nations Security Council. We argue that this framework offers both opportunities and constraints for migration activism. Refugee and migrant women successfully use the agenda to unsettle stereotypes of passivity and voicelessness, while navigating expectations of peacefulness, consensual dialogue and heteronormative femininity.

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Additional Information: © 2023 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2023 16:39
Last Modified: 26 May 2024 05:54

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