United Nations Security Resolution 1325: A Recipe for Gender Stereotyping in Humanitarian Logistics
Heaslip, Graham and O'Brien, Maureen and Mangan, John and Lalwani, Chandra (2009) United Nations Security Resolution 1325: A Recipe for Gender Stereotyping in Humanitarian Logistics. Logistics Research Network (LRN) .
Purpose United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (2000) Women, Peace and Security, is generally regarded as the most important commitment to date made by the global community to incorporate a gender perspective in the maintenance of peace and security. One of the Security Council aims is to seek to expand the role and contribution of women in United Nations (UN) field based humanitarian logistics operations. This paper critically evaluates UNSCR 1325 and its related documents and policies in order to expose the assumptions made by the UN regarding gender, peace and security in humanitarian logistics operations. Research approach This paper utilises a case based approach as the appropriate research methodology. Focus groups utilising semi structured interviews and questionnaires were used for data collecting. An interview guide was used which allowed the researcher to channel the focus groups questions without being unduly tied to the question format. The participants were segmented into three focus groups ensuring that the participants in each group had something to say about the topic as well as feeling comfortable saying it to each other. This homogeneity allowed for more free-flowing conversations among participants within groups and also allowed analysis that examined differences in perspectives between groups. Findings and Originality UNSCR 1325 introduces the notion that females are considered suitable for humanitarian logistics and CIMIC type roles, precisely because they are female. UNSCR 1325 almost entirely focuses on women; women as different from men, both in terms of the particular vulnerabilities they face in situations of armed conflict and in terms of their potential contribution to peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. It espouses an essentialist approach to gender. Research impact Within humanitarian logistics a gendered view of the different types of skills and knowledge that contribute to logistics competence is in its infancy. This paper explores the assumptions made in respect of female personnel and examines whether these assumptions might in fact lead to the positioning of females into gender stereotypical roles. Practical impact There are obvious implications for militaries and particularly for female members of various militaries in terms of compliance with UNSCR 1325. Without recognising the potential for gender stereotyping implicit in the resolution, militaries might inadvertently create an unequal working environment, which may have implications for the retention of military personnel.
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