Innocent Women and Children: Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians

Front Cover
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Political Science - 217 pages
1 Review
Examining the influence of gender constructs on the international regime protecting war-affected civilians, R. Charli Carpenter examines how in practice belligerents, advocates and humanitarian players interpret civilian immunity so as to leave adult civilian men and older boys at grave risk in conflict zones. Arguing that in order to understand the way in which laws of war are implemented and promoted in international society, we must understand how gender ideas affect the principle of civilian immunity, the author provides a wealth of ground breaking case studies. Each demonstrates the importance of assumptions about gender relations in shaping international politics, and in developing a framework for incorporating an attention to gender into the often gender-blind scholarship on international norms. As such this book will be of interest both to international relations theorists and to human rights scholars, students and activists alike.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


The Concept of the Civilian in International
Three Gender
Gender Discourse in Transnational
Evacuation Operations
UnGendering Civilian Protection Engendering Change
Index 211

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

R. Charli Carpenter is Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a faculty affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh's Ford Institute of Human Security, both in the USA. She has published extensively on gender, children's rights, and humanitarian action, and is the recipient of awards from the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Professor Carpenter teaches courses on human rights and humanitarian law and is currently directing a research initiative on children and armed conflict.

Bibliographic information