The WPS Agenda and the 'Refugee Crisis': Missing Connections and Missed Opportunities in Europe

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has successfully constructed the figure of the conflict-affected woman as a subject worthy of attention, inclusion and protection on the part of the international community. This concern is especially palpable when she is physically present in a conflict zone. As the conflict-affected woman flees and seeks safety and security in Europe, however, she moves to the periphery of the area of concern of WPS policies and discourses. This working paper demonstrates that forcibly displaced persons skirt the margins of the WPS agenda.

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