The Political Economy of Gender in UN Peacekeeping

  • Jacqui True
Part of the Thinking Gender in Transnational Times book series (THINKGEN)


In his 2010 report on women’s participation in peacekeeping and peacebuilding, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that ‘ensuring women’s participation in [peacekeeping] and peacebuilding is not only a matter of women and girl’s rights. Women are crucial partners in shoring up the two major pillars of lasting peace: economic recovery and social cohesion, and political legitimacy’.1 Implicit in this statement is the assumption that constructing security in formerly war-torn, conflict-affected countries involves socio-economic as well as political-military transformation. Yet in UN peacekeeping missions there is typically a major disconnect between the political-military and the socio-economic stabilisation pillars of international security. The lack of integration of these core dimensions of ‘security’ has had a disproportionately negative impact on women’s rights in post-conflict societies. Military security, the reinstatement of political order and the rule of law are enacted without consideration of their social and economic impacts and prioritised over social and economic aspects of security. Moreover, peacekeeping missions do little to create livelihoods and economic opportunities for girls and women or enhance their survival strategies after conflict.


United Nations Sexual Violence Security Council Armed Conflict United Nations Development Programme 
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