Can the Permanent Members of the Security Council Lead the World’s Journey to Sustainable Peace and Gender Justice?

By Marina Kumskova and Katie Krueger
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In a new Rightsviews article, Marina Kumskova and Katie Krueger write that while the UN adoption of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda has transformative potential to create positive change, it remains an under-utilized tool. They argue that the verbal commitments of the five members of the Security Council have not translated into discernible action and the WPS agenda is not being internalized within the Security Council's work.

Kumskova and Krueger call for non-permanent members with a more nuanced understanding of the importance of WPS to take over leadership of the Council and for all UN Women to attend relevant high-level inter-agency forums on peace and security.

Marina Kumskova is a graduate student in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University and a research assistant at the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College. In her research, she focuses on religious discrimination in the context of counter-terrorism policies.

Katie Krueger is a Program Associate at WI-HER, LLC (Women Influencing Health, Education, and Rule of Law). She holds an M.A. in International Public Policy and Development, specializing in Human Security, Human Rights, and Gender Equity from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

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