New Podcast: WPS and the Privitisation of War
I was invited to participate in a podcast about reflecting on the privitisation of war through the lens of Women, Peace and Security. The podcast marks the last event for 2020, celebrating the 20 years of Women, Peace and Security.
The podcast is the first aspect of what is to be a bigger project about WPS and private security with Amanda Chisholm, Saskia Stachowitsch and Andrea Schneike.
In the second episode of our three-part series celebrating 20 years of Women, Peace and Security (WPS), we look at the escalating threat that private companies, hired to provide military and security services, pose to the rights of women and minorities in conflict settings.
This privatisation of war can have incredibly damaging consequences. Private companies often occupy a murky territory outside the legal frameworks of states and international organisations, meaning human rights abuses, including gender-based and sexual violence, are committed under their watch with little or no comeuppance for the perpetrators.
Dr Jamie Hagen, Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, and Professor Saskia Stachowitsch, from the University of Vienna, join Dr Amanda Chisholm from our own School, to discuss the challenge of this threat, in particular for women and the LGBTQ community. And how Women, Peace and Security might be leveraged to highlight these atrocities and bring justice to the communities affected.