Women, Peace, and Security: A Transformative Agenda?

Sara E. Davies, Jacqui True

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The Women, Peace, and Security agenda (WPS) stands at a juncture with significant potential to prevent conflicts, protect human rights, and promote recovery from conflict but inadequate progress and institutional resistance to meeting the commitments enshrined in UNSCR 1325. The chapter builds on feminist constructivist theories of normative change to put forward a pragmatist understanding of “women, peace, and security” as a “work in progress,” wherein advocates and scholars work together with activist states to advance principles of equal and lasting peace. We argue that WPS theory and practice in conflict, post-conflict, and peaceful situations is a dynamic, normative agenda, and iterative reform process committed to realizing a critical gender perspective on peace and security. Drawing on scholars, practitioners, and advocates’ experiences from the Global North and South working on the WPS thematic agenda and on women’s diverse practical experiences of promoting peace and inclusion, we defend a gender-sensitive and gender-inclusive perspective on peace and security.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security
EditorsSara E. Davies, Jacqui True
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic) 9780190638290 , 9780190638283
ISBN (Print)9780190638276
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Conflict and post-conflict
  • Gender and security
  • UN Security Council
  • UNSCR 1325
  • Women peace and security
  • Women’s rights
  • WPS agenda

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