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April Newsletter – Is a Post Just a Post? Social Media’s Role in Peace and Conflict
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Is a Post Just a Post?
Social Media’s Role in Peace and Conflict

For many, social media is simply a way to communicate and connect. We share lighthearted things, like photos of our pets or the latest memes. But we also use social media to learn about and share our thoughts on matters with more serious implications, like issues pertaining to peace and conflict. Social media is a powerful influencer that has direct implications for both. By developing a false narrative, for instance, social media content can perpetuate the spread of misinformation that contributes to both virtual and real conflicts. On the flip side, social media can also promote peace by opening up dialogue between different users and encouraging tolerance, unity, and changes in perception.  

Utilized by governments, movements, politicians, leaders, insurgents, and protestors (not to mention a gazillion others), social media is the influencer of choice, so we think it’s a good idea to take a closer look at its role vis-à-vis conflict and peace. In this quarterly* newsletter, we explore social media as a tool for promoting conflict and peace. In the virtual world of hashtags, followers, and likes, how do conflict and peace play out? 

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January Newsletter: Women: Influencers of Extremism
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Women: Influencers of Extremism

Conflict on a battlefield is what usually comes to mind when we think about warfighting, but it’s only one type of combat. Information operations is another. Also known as influence operations, it includes the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent. And women members of extremist organizations are some of the most active and effective operators in this domain.

Using propaganda to recruit in-person and online, women’s ability to detect the early signs of radicalization better and faster than men makes them highly effective at targeting potential recruits. Gender bias works in their favor as well. Considered by many in the security sector to be less prone to engage in violent conflict, women can spread extremist messages fomenting violence without raising suspicion.

Take a look at the January newsletter to gain greater insight into the critically important role women extremists have as influencers both on the ground and online. They are a force to be reckoned with.

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November Newsletter – Want to be a Male Ally for Gender Equity? Some Tips and Advice

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Want to be a Male Ally for Gender Equity?
Some Tips and Advice


Underrepresented in many industries as well as leadership positions in business overall, women need allies to promote gender equity and women’s empowerment. And some of their most important allies are m-e-n. However, while many men want to be allies, they often don’t know what to do.

Organizations like Promundo — working to promote gender equality by engaging men and boys — answer the question of what to do. Their Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) program, for instance, targets women’s economic empowerment, improving women’s access to natural resources in part by engaging men as partners. Similarly, their Bolsa Familia Companion Program also cultivates men as allies for women’s empowerment by working with men to prevent the perpetuation of harmful gender roles and norms.

Peruse the November newsletter to discover ideas for how men can promote gender equity and women’s empowerment in the workplace. And it’s not just the “right” thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do if you want to increase economic growth; improve organizational performance; and enhance your organization’s ability to attract and retain employees. Just another way to change the game!

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