chapter  11
13 Pages

Nordic Women and International Crisis Management

A Politics of Hope?
WithElina Penttinen

Violence against women in recent confl icts and the visibility of this violence have led to a demand for more female personnel in peacekeeping and civilian crisis management (CCM) missions. Following the lead of Norway and Sweden, Finland published a National Action Plan (NAP) in 2008, so as to implement SCR 1325 (see McLeod, this volume). In practice, the plan should result in increasing the number of women on peacekeeping and CCM missions, and add a gender element to all projects conducted. The demand for more women in international missions as articulated in the resolution and in the NAP is the starting point for the case study that this chapter presents: What is it that women are expected to contribute? What kind of competence is in demand? The chapter investigates the meanings of gendered and ethnifi ed subjectivity in security politics in which Nordic women are seen as the solution for better crisis management and a key element in reaching operational effi ciency. The study draws from in-depth interviews with Finnish female police offi cers and their narratives on providing security.