Humanitarian Intervention and Gender Dynamics.

Author:

Heathcote, G.

Editor:

Date:

2018

Region:

Africa

Theme:

Gender and Humanitarian Crises

Language:

English

Publisher:

Full Harvard Reference:

Heathcote, G. (2018) Humanitarian Intervention and Gender Dynamics. In: Cahn, Naomi and Haynes, Dina and Ni Aolain, Fionnuala and Valji, Nahla, (eds.), Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

This chapter focuses on the different gendered dynamics of Security Council-authorised humanitarian interventions. Focusing specifically on the Libyan intervention, the chapter discusses the failures of the Security Council in consulting women or gender experts regarding the decision to intervene. Findings demonstrate how the focus on women’s insecurity in humanitarian crises reinforces gendered political outcomes due to the lack of feminist consciousness within the Security Council deliberations and actions. The chapter concludes by establishing suggestions for future feminist engagement including consultation with communities where interventions have previously occurred, as well as encouraging the utilisation of resolution 2122 to disrupt gendered dynamics.