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date: 14 December 2019

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The gendered impact of forced displacement is written into the foundation of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda. This chapter explores the relationship between the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees, and the WPS agenda to consider the potential for closer alignment between these frameworks. The chapter distinguishes between refugees and IDPs and their corresponding normative frameworks to explore how, despite being closely related, they have in different ways and to different degrees engaged with the WPS Agenda. Tracing the relationship between refugee protection and the WPS agenda, the chapter follows with a similar discussion of the relationship between IDP protection and the WPS agenda. With reference to more recent attempts to closely align the WPS agenda with IDP and refugee protection, the possibilities and limitations of closer alignment are explored. This chapter argues that there is significant potential for the WPS agenda to be more closely aligned with the protection frameworks that address forced displacement and suggests several points of departure for displaced women, advocates, and scholars to reinvigorate feminist visions of peace and security that could more strongly unite these three normative agendas.

Keywords: refugee, gender, internal displacement, protection, peace, security

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