Localising the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: a matter of justice

Dunn, Michelle Elizabeth (2014) Localising the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: a matter of justice. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 68 3: 285-299. doi:10.1080/10357718.2014.902031

Author Dunn, Michelle Elizabeth
Title Localising the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: a matter of justice
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7718
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357718.2014.902031
Open Access Status
Volume 68
Issue 3
Start page 285
End page 299
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract In the bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council, the Australian government emphasised international peace and security and Indigenous peoples as two of the eight key elements supporting its nomination. Australia's positive track record in support of the UN Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, including the delivery of an Australian National Action Plan (NAP) along with recognition of historical injustices to Indigenous Australians, was highlighted as a valid and important argument in favour of its nomination. The Australian NAP, however, has all but ignored the local context in its development and application, focusing instead on its commitments abroad. This framing of the Australian NAP is informed, firstly, by the WPS agenda policy framework applying to conflict and post-conflict situations, and, secondly, by its location within the UN mandate, requiring those situations to be internationally recognised. This article applies Nancy Fraser's tripartite justice framework to reveal that the Australian NAP gives rise to the political injustice of 'misrepresentation' in relation to intra-state (violent), domestically situated Indigenous-settler relations, which are denied the status of ongoing internationally recognised conflict. The author suggests that the remedy to this injustice is to reframe and recognise the conflict status of Indigenous-settler relations in the localisation of the Australian NAP. This localisation creates openings for Indigenous Australian women to engage with the WPS agenda in meaningful ways.
Keyword Indigenous-settler relations
Nancy Fraser
National Action Plan
Women, Peace and Security agenda
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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