Responsibility to Protect and Women, Peace and Security

Aligning the Protection Agendas

In Responsibility to Protect and Women, Peace and Security: Aligning the Protection Agendas, editors Davies, Nwokora, Stamnes and Teitt address the intersections of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle and the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda.

Widespread or systematic sexual or gender-based violence is a war crime, a crime against humanity and an act of genocide, all of which are clearly addressed in the R2P principle. The protection of those at risk of widespread sexual violence is therefore not only relative to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, but a fundamental sovereign obligation for all states as part of their commitment to R2P.

Contributions from policy-makers and academics consider both the merits and the utility of aligning the protection agendas of R2P and WPS. Ultimately, a number of actionable recommendations are made concerning a unification of the agendas to best support the global empowerment of women and prevention of mass atrocities.

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Sara E. Davies, PhD (2005) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute and Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University. Her research publications on international refugee law, global health governance and responsibility to protect has appeared in numerous articles and manuscripts. She is co-editor in chief of quarterly journal Global Responsibility to Protect, published by Brill/Martinus NIjhoff.

Zim Nwokora, D.Phil (2010) is a Lecturer in Politics at the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University. He teaches and researches topics in Comparative Politics, including political parties, public policy, and research methods.

Eli Stamnes is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, which she received in 2002. She was the head of the UN Programme at NUPI from 2006 to 2008, and has led the institute’s work on R2P since 2008. Her research interests include critical approaches to peace and security, gender and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

Sarah Teitt is Deputy Director and Researcher at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, where she is responsible for advancing research and building partnerships aimed at the prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities in the Asia Pacific. Her research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and human protection, and the protection and empowerment of women with respect to mass atrocities prevention and response.

Sara E. Davies, Zim Nwokora, Eli Stamnes and Sarah Teitt

Chapter One
The responsibility to protect: Integrating gender perspectives into policies and practices
Eli Stamnes

Chapter Two
Translating UNSCR 1325 into Practice: Lessons Learned and Obstacles Ahead
Katrina Lee Koo

Chapter Three
WPS and R2P: Theorising Responsibility and Protection
Lucy Hall and Laura J. Shepherd

Chapter Four
Responsibility to Protect or Prevent? Victims and perpetrators of sexual violence crimes in armed conflicts
Inger Skjelsbæk

Chapter Five
Gender-sensitive protection and the Responsibility to Prevent: Lessons from Chad
John Karlsrud and Randi Solhjell

Chapter Six
Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Putting the Responsibility to Protect into Practice
Sahana Dharmapuri

Chapter Seven
Beyond ‘Cultural Constraint’: Gender, Security and Participation in the Pacific Islands
Nicole George

Chapter Eight
The Obstacles of Aligning Women Peace and Security and the Responsibility to Protect in UN Practice
Melina Lito
The Responsibility to Protect: A Principle for the Womean, Peace and Security Agendais a primary text for academics and policy practitioners interested in the R2P and WPS agendas. The chapters in this book explore not only the development of these agendas, but explore their relationship to international law, feminist scholarship, peacekeeping and UN system.
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