Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) architecture provided a powerful call for a gender perspective at the United Nations Security Council via resolution in 2000 with the passage of Security Council Resolution 1325. However, in practice this gender perspective is almost exclusively heteronormative and relies on dangerous assumptions about cisgender identities. A queer approach to the implementation of the WPS architecture offers a vision for a new way to imagine this gender perspective. A queer approach is also valuable for reframing how practitioners, policy makers and civil society members think about the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as a part of a gender perspective that then brings lesbian, bisexual and transgender women into conversations about women’s experiences in conflict-related environments. Based on interviews with WPS actors, this presentation applies a queer security analysis to how the 3 Ps (Participation, Prevention and Protection) of the WPS architecture matter to lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in conflict-related environments. Additionally, the presentation includes specific policy recommendations for the ways practitioners, activists and academics might work to queer different aspects of the WPS architecture more broadly in the future.