Protecting Women's Rights in Conflict: New Developments and Next Steps in the Synergy Between CEDAW and the WPS Agenda

Catherine O'Rourke, Aisling Swaine

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

In 2013, the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women adopted its landmark General Recommendation No. 30 on the rights of women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations.1 The General Recommendation was significant for several reasons, not least because – for the first time – it brought the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee into direct conversation with the Women, Peace and Security agenda (WPS) of the UN Security Council. Writing in 20152 and in 2018,3 we identified the pursuit of synergies between CEDAW and WPS as a unique and important new opportunity to redress several of the identified shortcomings of the WPS agenda as defined and implemented by the UN Security Council. Principally, we identified these as, first, to enhance state accountability for the WPS agenda; second, to refocus WPS on women’s equality and rights, and to challenge narrower and more securitised definitions of women’s rights in the WPS agenda; and finally, to offer broader and more meaningful opportunities for civil society participation in influencing and implementing the WPS agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherLondon School of Economics and Political Science
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameCentre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series

Keywords

  • conflict
  • CEDAW
  • Women, Peace and Security
  • United Nations Security Council
  • international law

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