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Women in Blue HelmetsGender, Policing, and the UN's First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit$
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Lesley J. Pruitt

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290600

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290600.001.0001

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Political Economy, Women, and Peacekeeping

Political Economy, Women, and Peacekeeping

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(p.65) 4 Political Economy, Women, and Peacekeeping
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Women in Blue Helmets
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Lesley J. Pruitt

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290600.003.0005

Chapter 4 considers the political and economic implications of women’s participation in peacekeeping. It suggests that the FFPU might facilitate economic empowerment for women in three ways: by further ensuring the rights of women and girls are upheld (their rights both to access security institutions and to take part in them); by supporting women’s and girls’ access to education; and by providing decent employment with comparatively strong remuneration. This chapter also points out that, following instrumentalism at the United Nations, the FFPU engages in the “second shift” community work expected of them as female peacekeepers. Participation in peacekeeping offers many significant avenues for women’s economic empowerment and the pursuit of security. However, states and international organizations need to make space for women, provide adequate training, and uphold gender-equitable expectations.

Keywords:   political economy, women, violence, economic empowerment, rights, instrumentalism, second shift, peacekeepers

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