UNSC Resolution 1325 is credited with two achievements: First, it established a gendered perspective on violence and war, by stating that women and girls suffer disproportionately from war and violence. Second, it recognized that women can be resourceful and effective actors in the field of peacebuilding. This latter perspective is instrumentalist. In this view, women’s inclusion and participation in peace-building activities will lead to better outcomes; hence women’s inclusion and participation are instrumental for more effective peacebuilding activities. Such instrumentalist claims often inform policy making and are regularly made by a wide array of political actors. A recent systematic review on instrumentalist claims suggest, however, that there is no evidence for such instrumentalist claims, and that the WPS agenda would benefit more from rights-based approaches.
This event includes a presentation of the main results of the first ever systematic review of instrumentalist WPS claims, followed by a panel discussion.
Elin Miller is Deputy Director of the Women, Peace and Security policy team in the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program at Global Affairs Canada. She has previously served in the Swedish Foreign Service with postings to Colombia, the UN in New York and Canada. She is the host of the podcast Everyday Reconciliation, a lawyer by training specialized in international law, and has three children and a grandchild.
Laura Huber is an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include security sector reform, conflict, gender, peacekeeping, and political violence. She received her Ph.D in Political Science from Emory University in August 2019 and served as a post-doctoral research fellow at Cornell University (2019-2020) where she assisted with the creation and implementation of the Measuring Opportunities for Women in Peacekeeping (MOWIP) Methodology as part of the Elsie Initiative. Her work is published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science and International Peacekeeping.
Kathleen Jennings is Head of Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. She was previously a senior researcher at Fafo Research Foundation, Oslo. Kathleen has written extensively on UN, gender, political economy, and security issues, with a focus on west and central Africa.
Christoph Zürcher is Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. His research and teaching interests include conflict research, methods of conflict research, state-building and intervention, and international development. His regional focus is on the Former Soviet Union especially on Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia including Afghanistan.