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Dissecting Gender Imbalance: A Horizontal Perspective on When Risk Matters for the Assignment of Women to UN Peacekeeping Missions
Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM).
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)In: Res Militaris, E-ISSN 2265-6294, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite efforts to improve the gender balance in UN peacekeeping missions, the overall proportion of female military peacekeepers is still low. This article focuses on the methodological challenges involved in examining gender balance in international missions. By bringing a horizontal analysis to bear on the proportion of women in UN peacekeeping missions, the study shows how different factors influence that proportion among contingent troops and military observers, respectively. Earlier research has pointed to the fact that the proportion of women is lower in high-risk missions because of the influence of military masculinities in assignments. The authors argue that when examining such a relationship, the different nature of the two groups - contingent troops and military observers, and how prone they are to combat and risk - must be considered and is best approached through a horizontally disaggregated line of analysis. The horizontal study outlined in this article confirms that such a relationship exists as regards contingent troops, but not among military observers. Its findings primarily show the relevance of a horizontally disaggregated analysis when examining factors that influence gender balance in international missions. Secondly, it suggests that other factors than the influence of military masculinities and the prevalence of mission risk also affect the proportion of women among military observers and similar groups in international missions. The authors conclude by stressing the need for future research to identify the factors that underpin assignment to different military functions, not least when it comes to servicewomen.  

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2016. no 2
Keyword [en]
United Nations, Security Council Resolution 1325, peacekeeping, assignment process, military women, gender balance, military masculinities, contingent troops, military observers
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279506OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279506DiVA: diva2:908256
Available from: 2016-03-02 Created: 2016-03-02 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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