The World Peace Foundation is pleased to introduce the Occasional Paper series, through which we will feature research on topics related to conflict and peace. Our first Occasional Paper series publication is devoted to Gender, Conflict, and Peace. Dr. Dyan Mazurana, Associate Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Research Director for Gender, Youth, and Community at the Feinstein International Center, and Keith Proctor, Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein International Center, propose areas of further research and provide an in-depth discussion of five topic areas. In the authors’ words, the major themes of the report are:
Gender as an analytical framework for understanding conflict-related violence (particularly against women and girls): Culturally-inscribed notions of gender lie at the heart of much contemporary conflict.
Gender and the impact of armed conflict: While men, women, boys and girls experience similar phenomena during and after conflict, their experiences and levels of vulnerability are influenced by their gender.
Gender and non-violent resistance: Not only are broad-based, non-violent resistance movements are more effective at achieving political ends than armed movements, this paper finds that organizations with a “gender-inclusive” ideology – i.e., one that promotes the rights of women – are more likely to use non-violent methods.
Gender and peace: A gender analysis of community peace-building would be valuable in understanding the capacities and strategies of local groups that are able to influence national agendas, and would be key to promoting an alternative approach to peace that is not simply top-down.
Gender and transitional justice: Too often, in the aftermath of conflict, crimes against women and children are given a lower priority and the crimes committed against them typically go unrecorded. Around the world transitional justice programs consistently fail to incorporate women and girls’ specific needs.
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