Does the United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security agenda speak with, for or to women in the Asia Pacific? The development of National Action Plans in the Asia Pacific

Katrina Lee-Koo, Barbara Katarzyna Trojanowska

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Using a critical feminist security studies approach, this article explores the emancipatory possibilities of translating the United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security agenda to countries in the Asia Pacific through the development of national and regional level policy frameworks. It asks whether the common pitfalls of emancipation can be overcome in efforts by stakeholders to encourage a more inclusive, grounded and gender aware approach to security in the region. The paper engages the very real political dangers and constraints to pursuing emancipatory politics in this field but ultimately identifies the opportunities for emancipatory action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-301
Number of pages16
JournalCritical Studies on Security
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • Asia Pacific
  • Emancipation
  • Women, Peace and Security

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