Can the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and International Humanitarian Law Join Forces?

Report by Jeni Klugman (GIWPS), Robert U. Nagel (GIWPS), Mara Redlich Revkin (Georgetown University Law Center), and Orly Maya Stern (Oxford University)

International humanitarian law (IHL) lies at the heart of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions that established the WPS agenda have repeatedly referenced IHL, calling upon Member States to uphold the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols, and condemn violence against women and girls as violations of IHL. Yet the potential synergies between IHL and WPS have not been fully explored, by either advocates or scholars.

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