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date: 08 March 2021

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This chapter offers an alternative analysis of the political opportunity structures that were most significant in bringing about the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security. By contextualizing SCR 1325 in the evolving discourse on UN peace building and the responsibility to protect (R2P), it explains why key provisions have been both misinterpreted and underexplored. The chapter attributes the genesis of SCR 1325 to a cadre of feminist organizational entrepreneurs who brought their vision and allies into a new institutional discourse, replete with its own actors, institutions, policies, and processes. The chapter also identifies the important and under-recognized role of male “door openers,” who used their positions and access to advance SCR 1325’s feminist agenda. Ultimately, it argues that SCR 1325’s emancipatory potential rests with its ability to enable feminist transformative agendas, both within and outside the context of UN peace-building structures and processes.

Keywords: feminist organizational entrepreneurs, the responsibility to protect, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, peace building

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