Project: Women’s Rights After War

This week, the Commission the Status of Women (CSW) convenes to discuss “women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” Eliminating violence is critical for any conversation about women’s empowerment. Yet CSW’s official 2021 report proposes eliminating violence against women by “build[ing] the capacity of law enforcement personnel.” Such conversations are often accompanied by calls for more gender-responsive policing and increased surveillance of the spaces in which women live.