Hudson, Natalie Florea. Gender, Human Security and the UN: Security Language as a Political Framework for Women.  London: Routledge Press (2009). 

Today, many complex global problems are being located within the security logic.  From the environment to HIV/AIDS, state and nonstate actors have made a practice out of securitizing issues that are not conventionally seen as such.  As most prominently demonstrated by Security Council Resolution 1325 (2001), activists for women’s rights have increasingly framed women’s rights and gender inequality as security issues in an attempt to gain access to the international security agenda, particularly in the context of the United Nations.  In analyzing the use of the security language, this book examines the nature and implications of the securitization process as a political framework for the world’s women.  In examining the relationship between women, gender and the international security agenda, the book not only interrogates the meaning of international security in terms discourse and practice, but also the larger goals and strategies of the global women’s movement.  This research traces and analyzes the organizational dynamics of women’s activism in the United Nations system and how women have come to embrace and been impacted by the security framework, globally and locally.  From a feminist and human security perspective, this book finds that engendering the security discourse has had both a broadening and limiting effect, highlighting reasons to be skeptical of securitization as an inherently beneficial strategy.

Entry Submitted by: Natalie Florea

About the author of this entry: Natalie Florea Hudson received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 2007 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Dayton, where she also serves as the Director of the Human Rights Studies Program. Her teaching and research interests converge in the areas of international security, international organization, and the gendering of conflict and conflict resolution. She has a particular interest in gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of women’s rights and gender equality engaged in international peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions.