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date: 25 January 2021

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This section explores the involvement of feminists in peace movements, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on “women, peace and security,” and postconflict state building. The first chapter traces the evolution of women’s peace movements and transnational networks since the nineteenth century through three waves of feminism to the present, and analyzes the theoretical and political underpinnings of first wave feminists’ opposition to war, militarism, and imperialism. The second chapter provides an insider perspective on the framing of UNSCR 1325 and discusses its significance to women’s rights and gender equality. The third chapter compares the gendered experiences of postconflict decision-making in three Asia-Pacific states: Timor-Leste, Bougainville, and the Solomon Islands. The fourth chapter discusses state building and rebuilding in the context of conflicts and financial crises in Africa and Europe from a feminist perspective, emphasizing concepts of political settlement, legitimacy, and accountability.

Keywords: feminism, gender equality, militarism, peace movements, state building, transnational feminist networks, United Nations, UNSCR 1325, war, women’s rights

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