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A Critical Perspective on Gender Mainstreaming and UN Peacekeeping: Lessons From the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Recognizing that gender social constructions play a role during armed conflicts, the United Nations implements gender mainstreaming policies in its peacekeeping operations (PKO) as a strategy for making the concerns of women as well as of men an integral part of the design and implementations of its policies. However, this paper demonstrates that the UN implements biased gender policies that ignore gender-based violence (GBV) perpetrated against males during armed conflicts, creating silences that help perpetuate gender essentialism that portray men as perpetrators and women as victims. Hence, this paper intends to provide a critical analysis of UN gender mainstreaming policies, demonstrating the inadequacies of its gender policies in PKO. Thus, the paper will be divided in two parts. The first part will analyze the patterns of GBV that affect women and men during armed conflicts, focusing on GBV that was perpetrated in Bosnia in the presence of UNPROFOR peacekeepers. In the second part, the paper will discuss whether the UN has adopted the lessons learned from UNPROFOR in other peacekeeping missions through the case study of the gender policies in the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC)
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Drumond, Paula. "A Critical Perspective on Gender Mainstreaming and UN Peacekeeping: Lessons From the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, Mar 16, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p501533_index.html>

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Drumond, P. , 2011-03-16 "A Critical Perspective on Gender Mainstreaming and UN Peacekeeping: Lessons From the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p501533_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Recognizing that gender social constructions play a role during armed conflicts, the United Nations implements gender mainstreaming policies in its peacekeeping operations (PKO) as a strategy for making the concerns of women as well as of men an integral part of the design and implementations of its policies. However, this paper demonstrates that the UN implements biased gender policies that ignore gender-based violence (GBV) perpetrated against males during armed conflicts, creating silences that help perpetuate gender essentialism that portray men as perpetrators and women as victims. Hence, this paper intends to provide a critical analysis of UN gender mainstreaming policies, demonstrating the inadequacies of its gender policies in PKO. Thus, the paper will be divided in two parts. The first part will analyze the patterns of GBV that affect women and men during armed conflicts, focusing on GBV that was perpetrated in Bosnia in the presence of UNPROFOR peacekeepers. In the second part, the paper will discuss whether the UN has adopted the lessons learned from UNPROFOR in other peacekeeping missions through the case study of the gender policies in the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC)


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