The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for articles and position papers. It showcases work in progress by academics and researchers from any discipline and sector in the field of women, peace and security research and practice. The editors welcome new submissions.
Solidarity and Justice for War Crimes Against Women: The ‘Comfort Women’ Case
Rachele Marconi (28/2022)
This paper explores the role of solidarity in achieving post-conflict justice in cases of international war crimes against women. The quest for justice for the victims of some of the most serious violations of international humanitarian law (IHL), and the recent struggles to obtain reparations commensurate to the crimes committed, demonstrate the rising importance of solidarity among international civil society actors and its potential to shape international law and relations.
Protecting Women's Rights in Conflict: New developments and next steps in the synergy between CEDAW and the WPS Agenda
Catherine O'Rourke and Aisling Swaine (26/2020)
This working paper outlines the cooperation between CEDAW and the WPS agenda, reflects on their efficacy, and offers suggestions for their further strengthening. It highlights new developments in three essential directions: from the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Informal Experts Group on WPS; from CEDAW state parties, through their National Action Plans on WPS; and from civil society.
Building Brazil's National Action Plan: lessons learned and opportunities
Renata Avelar Giannini and Pérola Abreu Pereira (24/2020)
This paper examines the process that led to the drafting and launch of Brazil’s NAP and how international and domestic factors influenced the Plan’s content, shaping future outcomes. Brazil’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAP) was launched on 8 March 2017 – International Women’s Day – amid a major political crisis that affected the content of the Plan and engagement of key institutions such as the Ministry of Justice and the Secretariat for Women’s Policies.
The Nature of Women, Peace and Security: where is the environment in WPS and where is WPS in environmental peacebulding?
Keina Yoshida (22/2019)
This paper challenges the absence of the environment and climate justice from the WPS framework and the parallel marginalisation of gender perspectives within the literature and practice of environmental peacebuilding. It shows that the WPS agenda has a significant role to play in providing an alternative and sustainable vision of peace and security in the face of the current extractivist and neo-liberal practice, which fails to consider the impact of these economies on women.
Gender Issues in the Context of a Humanitarian Crisis
Choman Hardi (21/2019)
The paper focuses on the funding priorities of regional and international agencies in the context of the Islamic State (IS) crisis and the consequences for women’s rights organisations. The main concern of this paper is the marginalisation of women’s interests in the context of a humanitarian crisis in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The Known Knowns and Known Unknowns In Data on Women, Peace and Security
Robert Ulrich Nagel (19/2019)
The paper provides an overview of the known knowns and known unknowns of the quantitative data landscape on gendered violence, women in armed groups, and the WPS agenda. It highlights both advances and areas for further improvement of data linked to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, such as gender mainstreaming, National Action Plans, and increasing women’s participation in distinct aspects of peace processes, in particular peacekeeping, negotiations, and peace agreements.
Gender and Transformative Justice in Sri Lanka
Bhavani Fonseka and Ellen Schulz (18/2018)
The paper focuses on Sri Lanka’s reconciliation and reform processes and transformation for women and the task of bringing genuine transformation to the women affected by the country near three-decade war and recurring conflicts. The paper urges decision-makers to ensure full inclusion of women and include gendered experiences in planned reform processes, aiming at genuine transformation of societal circumstances so that conflict affected women can achieve empowerment, dignity, and equality.
Engaging with the Gender, Peace and Security Agenda in Research and Activism in Lebanon
Elizabeth Laruni, Charbel Maydaa and Henri Myrttinen (17/2018)
This paper reflects on the current state of gender, peace, and security work in Lebanon in particular, providing a view from a critical academic and civil society perspective, with a strong focus on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues. It draws on ongoing discussions and collaboration among a network of academics, practitioners and activists working on gender and sexuality.
Engendering Extremism: Women Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Mossarat Qadeem (16/2018)
This paper shows how women at various levels of Pakistani society can advance the cause for a more robust strategy on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). It shows that despite not having a National Action Plan (NAP), some NGOs in Pakistan are implementing the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda.
Encountering Metis in the Security Council
Sam Cook (15/2018)
The paper explores how feminists encounter and work within the practices and procedures of the Security Council, its rules, and procedures. This paper engages in the project of ‘theorizing practice’ by confronting, and attempting to move through, the challenges of telling the practice of these everyday policymaking. The author argues that feminist articulations of Security Council practice often rely on the invocation of relationships between differently situated feminists.
Abortion and Reproductive Rights in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Claire Pierson and Jennifer Thomson (14/2018)
The paper explores the potential of the WPS agenda as a potential means to further abortion access and rights. It highlights how the WPS is rapidly becoming a key international mechanism to further women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict environments and that, in the current global context, its relative lack of reference to abortion access is worrying.
Resilience Policy and Internally Displaced Women in Iraq: an unintentionally flawed approach
Zeynep N Kaya (13/2018)
This policy brief offers an assessment of the concept of resilience as an international policy frame. While appreciating the potential of resilience as influential and potentially radical in many areas, the author argues that it offers a simplistic understanding of the causes of gendered vulnerabilities in conflict-related displacement, at least, in the context of Iraq. Existing resilience policies in response to displacement in Iraq, despite their effort in including women and a gender perspective in their programmes, remain limited in their potential to address key issues that displaced women face.
International Human Rights, Criminal Law and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Christine Chinkin (12/2018)
This paper reflects upon the interplay between international human rights law and criminal law – both national and international – through the international legal regimes that have evolved for combating gender-based violence against women, in peacetime and in conflict, and human trafficking, especially of women and girls. Accordingly, the paper considers the convergence of legal regimes and the ensuing erosion of clear delineation between them.
Engaging men and boys in the Women, Peace and Security agenda: beyond the 'good men' industry
David Duriesmith (11/2017)
This paper begins by explaining what “engagement work” is and how it connects to the WPS agenda. It then charts the origins of “engagement work” in pro-feminist men’s organising before investigating the tensions present in this work. Finally, it considers how we might learn from the tensions present in engagement work in order to guide future work on and with men within WPS.
Why does armed conflict recur, and what has gender go to do with it?
Judy El-Bushra (8/2017)
This paper describes some of the ways in which the international community has sought to conceptualise persistent conflict and asks whether incorporating a gender dimension into this analysis can enhance understanding and expand options for effective intervention.
Making violent women visible in the WPS agenda
Alexis Leanna Henshaw (7/2017)
This paper discusses how women combatants’ lack of representation in the Women, Peace and Security agenda can feed into gendered myths about armed conflict and limit the effectiveness of peace processes.
The WPS agenda and the 'Refugee Crisis': Missing connections and missed opportunities in Europe
Aiko Holvikivi and Audrey Reeves (6/2017)
This working paper focuses on how forcibly displaced persons skirt the margins of the WPS agenda. The paper interrogates the effects of this marginalisation and suggest that including refugee questions in WPS policymaking and scholarship carries the potential to improve security provision for those who have fled to Europe, as well as to revive the transformative potential of the WPS agenda.
Sexual orientation and gender identity as part of the WPS project
Jamie J Hagen (2/2016)
This policy brief reviews the troubled use of “gender” as a place holder for “women”, and discusses the distinct vulnerabilities faced by LGBTQ individuals in conflict. It also explores ways to include sexual orientation and gender identity in WPS work, offering some policy recommendations.