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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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Toward a Gender Perspective on Human Security

Toward a Gender Perspective on Human Security

(p.3) 1 Toward a Gender Perspective on Human Security
Gender, Violence, and Human Security

Aili Mari Tripp

NYU Press

This introductory chapter provides a history of human security and examines the use of the concept from a feminist perspective. Human security was first defined by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1994 as encompassing generalized threats derived from economic, food, health, or environmental insecurity, as well as threats to personal, community, and political security, or human rights violations. From a feminist perspective, there are many limitations in how the concept has been used and for some, it does not sufficiently differ from traditional state-centered notions of security. Indeed, feminist perspectives have already had an influence in transforming the concept, particularly in the context of key UN resolutions involving women's involvement in peacemaking.

Keywords:   human security, feminist perspective, United Nations Development Programme, human rights, peacemaking

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