NATO gender mainstreaming and the feminist critique of the law of armed conflict
Jody M. Prescott
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The Georgetown journal of gender and the law, Vol. 14, no. 1, Winter 2013, p. 83-131
To establish the proper context within which the feminist critique of law of armed conflict (LOAC) should be understood, this article first sets out the scope and nature of armed conflict's impacts upon women and girls. After noting different general feminist concepts which are applicable to the assessment of NATO's efforts, this article will then detail the feminist critique of LOAC by examining both LOAC treaty law and customary LOAC. Next, the U.S., Swedish, UN and EU programs will be briefly discussed, so that positive and negative trends and practices may be identified. The article then explores in detail NATO's gender mainstreaming efforts in the areas of infrastructure, doctrine, training and education, and plans and operations ; and assesses them against the deficiencies identified by the feminist critique of LOAC. The article concludes that these efforts do not effectively address these deficiencies at the moment, but that trends suggest they might begin to in the near term, and will probably, within certain boundaries, address them meaningfully in the future.