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WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY WITHIN THE UNITED NATIONS: A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS ON GENDER, PEACE AND SECURITY
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (fred och utveckling)
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

After its implementation 16 years ago, the UN security resolution 1325 highlighted gender

perspectives in peace processes and made women’s problems and interests more visible.

Nevertheless, critics argues that the Resolution is based on essentialist assumptions, women are

not empowered as actors and a clear prioritisation of women’s interests is still absent in peace

processes. This research is interested in whether the UN leadership is responsible, or partly

responsible for the failure to implement 1325. It explores the discourse used by one of the main

spokespersons within the organisation, namely the Secretary General. The UN Secretary General

submits reports concerning the implementation of 1325 to the Security Council every year, where

gaps and challenges as well as measures that should be addressed are reported. By using

discourse theory provided by Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau the discourse in the reports

have been deconstructed into nodal points and chains of equivalences. The findings have been

analysed with an abductive approach through the lens of feminist perspectives on security to

understand how gender, peace and security are portrayed dichotomously.

What can be concluded from this research is that there are traces of gender stereotyping

in the reports, where notions of hierarchies within dichotomies are visible. Gender seem to be

equal to women and girls and women and girls are interpellated into conflicting identities, as

either subjects or objects. When women are portrayed as objects, as victims, which is

dominating the reports, they are so within the dichotomy of security. When women are

described as subjects, as active actors it is in relation to peace and peacebuilding. Yet, to be

able to participate in peace processes together with men, women need more education and

special training. However, the Secretary General cannot be blamed entirely for this, since he

simply describes a gender stereotyped reality that is shaping the discourse on women, peace

and security.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
United Nations; feminism; gender; peace; security
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54275OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-54275DiVA: diva2:943262
Subject / course
Social Sciences
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2016-06-29 Created: 2016-06-27 Last updated: 2016-06-29Bibliographically approved

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