Policy Press

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping and Aid

Critiquing the Past, Plotting the Future

Edited by Jasmine-Kim Westendorf and Elliot Dolan-Evans

Published

Jul 29, 2024

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529238419

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 29, 2024

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529238402

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 29, 2024

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529238426

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping and Aid

In 2003, the UN adopted a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers and aid workers. The policy arrived amid a series of scandals revealing sexual misconduct perpetrated against the very people peacekeeping and humanitarian missions were meant to protect.

This edited collection, including contributions from academics and practitioners, highlights the challenges of preventing and responding to abuse in peacekeeping and aid work, and the unintended consequences of current approaches. It lays bare the structures of power, coloniality and racism that underpin abuse and hinder accountability while charting a path for future action.

This eye-opening book will appeal to academics and students of the politics and practice of peacekeeping and humanitarianism, and to practitioners, policy makers and those working within the field.

“This collection is essential reading for those of us working on questions of gender, power and violence in humanitarian and peacekeeping contexts. The volume challenges conventional boundaries and forges connections between scholars and practitioners.” Lucy Hall, University of Amsterdam

Jasmine-Kim Westendorf is Associate Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University. She has written two books and numerous articles in top journals. She has extensive experience in conflict resolution and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, and has held visiting professorships at several institutions.

Elliot Dolan-Evans teaches at Monash University. He holds a PhD in International Relations with a focus on the political economy of peacebuilding, capitalism and health, and the activities of international financial institutions during war. His work has appeared in several international journals, and he has professional experience in law and medicine.

Introduction

Critiquing the Past and Plotting the Future - Jasmine-Kim Westendorf and Elliot Dolan-Evans

Part I: Where We’ve Been: The Origins and Scope of PSEA

1. Reflections on 20+ years of PSEA Work - Sarah Martin

2. UN Police as a Double-edged Sword for SEA Accountability - Ai Kihara-Hunt

3. Victims’ Rights and Remedial Action - Sabrina White and Leah Nyambeki

4. Sexual Violence Against Peacekeepers and Aid Workers - Phoebe Donnelly and Dyan Mazurana

Part II: How It’s Going: Implementing and Institutionalizing PSEA

5. Missing the Mark in PSEA - Asmita Naik and Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

6. The Imperative of Prioritizing Victims’ Rights - Jane Connors

6a. United Nations Victims’ Rights Statement

7. Accountability Advocates: Representing Victims - Sabrina White

8. Masculinities and Institutional Blind Spots - Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

9. Power, Consent and Peacekeeping Economies - Kathleen Jennings

10. Gender, Race, Sexuality and PSEA - Junru Bian, Megan Daigle, Sarah Martin, and Henri Myrtinnen

11. “We Don’t Have a Word for That”: Issues in Translating PSEA Communication - Emily Elderfeld and Ellie Kemp

12. From ‘Cultural Sensitivity’ to ‘Structural Sensitivity’ - Nour Abu-Assab

Part III: Looking Forward: Where to from Here?

13. Agency and Affect in PSEA - Nof Nasser-Eddin

14. Empowered Aid - Alina Potts

15. Rethinking PSEA: Reflections for Policymakers - Jasmine-Kim Westendorf