The nature of Women, Peace and Security: a Colombian perspective

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Abstract

On 12 November 2019, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), handed down a landmark decision in the case of ‘Katsa Su’ concerning the Awa indigenous group in Colombia. The Colombian conflict has particularly affected indigenous groups, such as the Awa people, and has also affected the territory in which they live. In this article, we explore the decision of the JEP, within a broader analysis of the Colombian peace agreement and consider how it might help us to think about the place of the environment in the Women, Peace and Security agenda and in international law. We call for a gendered and intersectional approach to environmental peacebuilding which is attentive to the importance of gender and different groups. Further, we highlight how the Colombian example shows how concepts such as relief, recovery and reparations are often confined in international law to women's recovery and redress with respect to sexual violence and yet, this conceptualization should be much broader. The Katsa Su case provides an example of the fact that reparations and redress must address other forms of violence, spiritual and ecological, which women also suffer in times of conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17–34
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Affairs
Volume97
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 11 2021

Author Keywords

  • Concept
  • Americas
  • Energy and Environment
  • International Governance
  • Law and Ethics
  • Conflict
  • Security and Defence

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