The nexus of gender, security and development: un security council resolution 1325 & South Sudan

Carina Sorensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


UN Security Council Resolution 1325 places the concerns and the potential of women directly within a security framework and acts as a reminder that the role and protection of women in conflict and peace-building must not be side-stepped. Resolution 1325 arguably represents a „human security‟ approach to international security, in which non-traditional security issues and non-state actors have only recently gained (limited) traction as legitimate components of a security framework hitherto dominated by a state-centric paradigm. Over a decade after its inauguration, the question remains whether the „securitization‟ of gender has indeed made a difference for the women (and men) „on the ground‟ and how a non-state actor is playing such a role. Using Danish Demining Group - an NGO operating in South Sudan - as case study, this research paper attempts to address this question and whether the impact lends credence or counter-weight to arguments within academia and IR that „human security‟ dilutes the intellectual coherence and therefore the practical applicability of security provision. The results demonstrate that contextual factors, such as underdevelopment, low institutional capacity of security providers and a patriarchal society impede how effectively the resolution is implemented by state and non-state actors alike. Yet DDG has managed to enhance security and gender equality at the communal level when no other actor is doing so. This argues in favour of a „human security‟ approach and demonstrates the utility and indeed the necessity of an expanded security framework to account for the lives of women (and society as a whole) on the ground.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 aug. 2011


  • South Sudan
  • Danish Demining Group
  • Development
  • Gender
  • Security
  • Peace-building