Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 4.49.04 PMThe Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda is primarily viewed as an international instrument focused on improving gender relations in internationallyrecognised “conflict” and “post-conflict” zones. As a result, the Australian government has made little effort to localise this agenda as established within UNSCR 1325 and later associated provisions. This is evidenced in the recently formulated Australian 1325 National Action plan which is focussed primarily on actions relevant to Australian involvement in conflict abroad. This interpretation of the WPS agenda misses one of its key underlying, though rarely articulated imperatives: justice. Further, viewing the WPS agenda through a gender and justice lens, pinpoints a potential injustice in relation to “who” has the power to define an internationallyrecognised “conflict” and hence, “where” the WPS agenda should be localised. Such an injustice commonly arises in “settler” countries where internationallyrecognised indigenous/settler “conflict” frames are rare. Yet the lives of those caught…

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