Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dina Francesca Haynes and Naomi Cahn

in On the Frontlines

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195396645
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918416 | DOI:

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This chapter addresses three primary components relevant to gender structures and roles within peacekeeping operations: First, the mandates of the peacekeeping operations; second, the training, discipline, and codes of conduct that peacekeepers must observe along with the types of sanctions imposed for breaches; and finally, the gender composition of peacekeeping missions. The chapter discusses the types and current evolution of peacekeeping missions, the professionals who constitute them, the conditions of service, and the particular forms of masculinity that can arise or be compounded in the peacekeeping context. It details lessons learned from the successes of peacekeeping missions, as well as the multitudinous examples of negative peacekeeping, in particular gender-based abuse of local populations by peacekeepers. Finally, it speculates on what gender-positive peacekeeping might look like by addressing peacekeeper accountability, including both “hard” law (jurisdiction of courts to try peacekeepers for crimes committed in service) and “soft” law (the development of codes of conduct and training materials for peacekeepers going to the field), and by increasing roles for women and expanding existing roles for men.

Keywords: gender roles; peacekeeping operations; peacekeeping missions; peacekeepers; hard law; soft law

Chapter.  11085 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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