Bridging the gap: Early warning, gender and the responsibility to protect

Davies, Sara E., Teitt, Sarah, & Nwokora, Zim (2015) Bridging the gap: Early warning, gender and the responsibility to protect. Cooperation and Conflict, 50(2), pp. 228-249.

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Abstract

Women, Peace and Security (WPS) scholars and practitioners have expressed reservations about the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle because of its popular use as a synonym for armed humanitarian intervention. On the other hand, R2P’s early failure to engage with and advance WPS efforts such as United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1325 (2000) has seen the perpetuation of limited roles ascribed to women in implementing the R2P principle. As a result, there has been a knowledge and practice gap between the R2P and WPS agendas, despite the fact that their advocates share common goals in relation to the prevention of atrocities and protection of populations. In this article we propose to examine just one of the potential avenues for aligning the WPS agenda and R2P principle in a way that is beneficial to both and strengthens the pursuit of a shared goal – prevention. We argue that the development and inclusion of gender-specific indicators – particularly economic, social and political discriminatory practices against women – has the potential to improve the capacity of early warning frameworks to forecast future mass atrocities.

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ID Code: 77669
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Early warning, Prevention, Gender, Responsibility to Protect
DOI: 10.1177/0010836714545689
ISSN: 0010-8367
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > International Relations (160607)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > International Law (excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Funding:
  • AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMEN/DFAT Agreement 63684
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 14 Oct 2014 22:21
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2015 01:26

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