This essay observes the tensions within the WPS agenda in the Middle East and North Africa. The UNSCR 1325 framework replicates the ‘hard power’ and agendas of UN Member States. The UN Security Council’s tendency to associate peace with ‘security’ has led WPS to be framed within security and war frameworks. As a result, the WPS agenda has moved away from an anti-war and rights-based agenda to one for making wars ‘safer’ for women and using military measures to protect women from sexual violence.
This essay is part of a collection on feminist peacebuilding. Read the full collection of essays here.