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          • Year: 2012
          • Why Should we Understand Multiple Meanings of ‘Gender Security’?

          • Journal of Regional Security: Issue 1 - this paper is a piece from the academic journal published two times per annum by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. JRS was established in 2006 and until 2012 was published by the name Western Balkans Security Observer.

        • What does ‘gender security’ mean? The concept is trickier than it might seem. For instance, to ‘gender’ something is not necessarily about including women, although many argue that it is. ‘Security’ is also messy: it could refer to a sense of safety in daily life, or to the protection of state borders.

          BCSP associate Laura McLeod intention is to highlight how a deeper understanding of the variety of meanings about ‘gender security’ can be useful to practitioners.

          Research concerned with language and meanings is often thought to be less useful and less policy-relevant than research utilising instrumental approaches. This article explores how a deeper understanding of the variety of meanings about ‘gender security’ in relation to Security Council Resolution 1325 can be useful to practitioners.

          An analysis of three initiatives related to SCR 1325 in Serbia demonstrates that different post-conflict personal-political imaginations lead to very different interpretations of ‘gender security’, shaping the subsequent policy designed to implement SCR 1325.

          Investigating how (potentially conflicting) ‘gender security’ policy is made is useful to practitioners as it enables us to go some way towards creating a policy that would be meaningful and significant to all stakeholders.

        • Tags: gender and security, gender, Serbia, 1325, post-conflict
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