The women, peace, and security agenda has been at the forefront of international politics over the past decade. The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations has been integrating women into peacekeeping missions for nearly two decades. To what extent have peacekeeping operations achieved gender equality both within the organization and in host countries? In a “Chats in the Stacks” talk at Olin Library on Feb. 13, Sabrina Karim addressed these questions in a talk about her recent book, “Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping’: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States.”
While there have been major improvements related to women's participation and protection, there is still much left to be desired, Karim said. Discrimination, a relegation of women to safe spaces, sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and violence (SEAHV) continue to threaten progress on gender equality.
Karim is an assistant professor in the Department of Government. Between 2016-2017 she was a Dartmouth Dickey Center Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security. “Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping” (Oxford University Press, 2017) is coauthored by Kyle Beardsley, and was the winner of the Conflict Research Studies Best Book Prize for 2017.