A global South state's challenge to gendered global cultures of peacekeeping

Lesley J. Pruitt

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


This chapter explores the first all-female formed police unit (FFPU) in UN peacekeeping, deployed from India to Liberia. The FFPU has fostered important outcomes supporting the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. However, global norms that presume efforts can only be “legitimate” when conducted in ways that align with particular, Global North approaches can hinder implementation of the WPS agenda. Such norms marginalize differences that intersect with gender and influence participation. Effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the WPS agenda will not occur under assumptions that only some states, or only certain kinds of states, can credibly contribute; instead, a plurality of approaches is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevisiting Gendered States
Subtitle of host publicationFeminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations
EditorsSwati Parashar, J. Ann Tickner, Jacqui True
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780190644055, 9780190644062
ISBN (Print)9780190644048, 9780190644031
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameOxford Studies in Gender and International Relations
PublisherOxford University Press


  • peacekeeping
  • United Nations
  • policing
  • women
  • India
  • Liberia
  • WPS

Cite this