Heaslip, Graham and O'Brien, Maureen and Mangan, John and Lalwani, Chandra
United Nations Security Resolution 1325: A Recipe for Gender
Stereotyping in Humanitarian Logistics.
Logistics Research Network (LRN).
United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (2000) Women, Peace and Security, is
generally regarded as the most important commitment to date made by the global community to
incorporate a gender perspective in the maintenance of peace and security. One of the Security
Council aims is to seek to expand the role and contribution of women in United Nations (UN) field
based humanitarian logistics operations. This paper critically evaluates UNSCR 1325 and its related
documents and policies in order to expose the assumptions made by the UN regarding gender, peace
and security in humanitarian logistics operations.
This paper utilises a case based approach as the appropriate research methodology. Focus groups
utilising semi structured interviews and questionnaires were used for data collecting. An interview
guide was used which allowed the researcher to channel the focus groups questions without being
unduly tied to the question format. The participants were segmented into three focus groups ensuring
that the participants in each group had something to say about the topic as well as feeling comfortable
saying it to each other. This homogeneity allowed for more free-flowing conversations among
participants within groups and also allowed analysis that examined differences in perspectives
Findings and Originality
UNSCR 1325 introduces the notion that females are considered suitable for humanitarian logistics and
CIMIC type roles, precisely because they are female. UNSCR 1325 almost entirely focuses on
women; women as different from men, both in terms of the particular vulnerabilities they face in
situations of armed conflict and in terms of their potential contribution to peacekeeping and
humanitarian efforts. It espouses an essentialist approach to gender.
Within humanitarian logistics a gendered view of the different types of skills and knowledge that
contribute to logistics competence is in its infancy. This paper explores the assumptions made in
respect of female personnel and examines whether these assumptions might in fact lead to the
positioning of females into gender stereotypical roles.
There are obvious implications for militaries and particularly for female members of various militaries in
terms of compliance with UNSCR 1325. Without recognising the potential for gender stereotyping
implicit in the resolution, militaries might inadvertently create an unequal working environment, which
may have implications for the retention of military personnel.
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