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The convergence and divergence of three pillars of influence in gender and security

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Funmi Olonisakin, Cheryl Hendricks, Awino Okech

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-389
Number of pages14
JournalAfrica Security Review
Issue number4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Nov 2015

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This article explores the convergence between three pillars of influence – feminist security studies, civil society activism and policy decision-making – and its role in the adoption and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. It argues that these three pillars, individually and collectively, have made important contributions to the debate and action on the gender and security agenda, but that they remain organically disconnected. Their convergence has the potential to achieve path-breaking results in the sphere of gender and security, whilst their divergence makes transformation unattainable. We show the disconnect in the application of UNSCR 1325 in Africa and argue that this is partly the reason why, despite enormous efforts, the gains realised in terms of gender equality in the peace and security arena have been negligible.

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