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USIP: Gender, War, and Peacebuilding Guide

 

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.

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Women’s Campaign International

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. 

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Consortium on Gender, Security & Human Rights

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.

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Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE)

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.

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Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF)

“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.”

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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

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.

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Woman Stats Project and Database

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.

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Gender and Military Issues: A categorized research bibliography

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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Global Center on Cooperative Security: Women

The Global Center works with governments, international organizations, and civil society to develop and implement comprehensive and sustainable responses to complex international security challenges through collaborative policy research, context-sensitive programming, and capacity development. In collaboration with a global network of expert practitioners and partner organizations, the Global Center fosters stronger multilateral partnerships and convenes key stakeholders to support integrated and inclusive security policies across national, regional, and global levels.

The Global Center focuses on four thematic areas of programming and engagement:

  • multilateral security policy
  • countering violent extremism
  • criminal justice and the rule of law
  • financial integrity and inclusion

Across these areas, the Global Center prioritizes partnerships with national and regional stakeholders and works to ensure respect for human rights and empower those affected by transnational violence and criminality to inform international action.

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GSDRC Applied Knowledge Services, Gender in Fragile and Conflict Affected Environments

GSDRC Applied Knowledge Services is a partnership of research institutes, think-tanks and consultancy organizations with expertise in governance, social development, humanitarian and conflict issues. They provide bespoke research and consultancy services in addition to the regularly updated information resources available on their website.

The GSDRC team has been providing high quality knowledge services to international development agencies for over a decade. Among their clients are DFID, the Australian Government, the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank, and UNDP.

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