Erin’s doctoral research builds upon her previous academic engagement with gender in post-conflict contexts, particularly the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, and draws from her familiarity with UN rights mechanisms, fostered through work with women’s rights organizations.
Resolution 2242 (2015) provides a compelling opportunity to examine intersections between gender, security, and women’s organizing. The Resolution calls for increased integration of the agendas on WPS, counter-terrorism, and countering violent extremism (CVE). It also draws upon the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s “Good Practices on Women and Countering Violent Extremism” (2014), which highlights women as critical CVE actors, emphasizing their positionality in local communities, and crucial relationships with women’s rights networks to shape and implement CVE initiatives.
This research asks: How might inroads for women as agents in CVE respond to concerns that women’s interests are merely instrumentalized in pursuit of overarching security aims? How might concerted expansion of women’s agency in relation to counter-terrorism and CVE shift narrow conceptualizations of women within the WPS Agenda, and generate shifts towards gender equality in conflict-related contexts? If peace and security made with the integration of women is peace “made better,” how might we assess whether mechanisms like SCR2242 distinctively contribute to more efficient security initiatives? This research begins by engaging with the language of SCR 2242, and agendas for counterterrorism and countering violent extremism, to uncover conceptual space for women both as agents of CVE, and as rights holders.