Women are often targeted in violent conflicts, as armed forces seek to demoralize their opponents, and they are often not included in negotiations to end these conflicts. This study guide examines both how women are affected by war and contribute to peace, as well as how the international community is addressing these issues. Read the guide here.
This article discusses formally considering gender perspectives in conflict resolution, as called for by UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Authors Greener, Fish, and Tekulu use the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as a case study for successful UN peacebuilding, and examine the ways in which this mission achieved the resolution’s gender consideration goals. Using the RAMSI mission as a template, Greener et al. make recommendations on how to include women’s voices in the peace process, and ensure equal representation in the institutions and opportunities that follow. Moreover, RAMSI serves as an example for how gender considerations can fit into broader cultural sensitivities in peacekeeping missions by empowering women, but not compromising the overall integrity of the mission. Read full article.
In partnership with local women and civil society organizations, Women’s Campaign International designs programs that are tailor-made to meet the needs of specific groups of women in communities around the world. Their programs help women find their voices by providing trainings and offering technical assistance in four core areas including political leadership, conflict mitigation, economic empowerment and civic participation.
The mission of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights is to create a more peaceful, just and gender equitable world through programs designed to: produce cutting edge gender analysis of war and peacebuilding; transform gender and security research and policy agendas; and foster innovative education, activism and practice.
SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism) is the world’s first female counter-terrorism platform. Headquartered at the Women without Borders offices in Vienna, Austria, the SAVE initiative brings together a broad spectrum of women determined to create a united front against violent extremism. SAVE provides women with the tools for critical debate to challenge extremist thinking and to develop alternative strategies for combating the growth of global terrorism. SAVE is a Women without Borders initiative.
“Foreign Terrorist Fighters” (FTF) Initiative
The Hague – Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon
From the Report: “Good Practice #4 – Empower those who are best-placed to affect change, including youth, families, women, and civil society, to take ownership in the development and messaging of positive counter-narratives to the violent extremist agenda.”
This article summarizes the assorted initiatives undertaken by the African Union (AU) to support the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The include: the AU’s new five-year Women Peace and Security Programme (2015-2020), women in Demobilization, Disarmament, and Reintegration (DDR) efforts, the impact of conflict on women and children, and preventing and responding to sexual violence. Read full article.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent international institute in Sweden, dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established on 6 May 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open source, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.
The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. They comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 360 indicators of women’s status in 175 countries. The Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge.
An extensive interdisciplinary overview of studies on gender issues in a military context. The bibliography presented covers more than 2,500 references of internationally reviewed articles, reports, books and theses from both military and non-military institutions. The references have been categorized into themes such as “Men & Masculinities,” “Sexual Harassment & Abuse,” “Physical Ability,” etc. It is fair to say that it should represent an essential tool for military leaders, scholars and politicians interested in gender issues in a military context.
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