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Gender perspectives and confidence building for inclusive peace: Getting parties to a shared negotiation table through trust

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Confidence building is an area that is receiving significant attention in mediation processes around the world. Meanwhile, feminist analysis of the theories and practices of confidence building is nascent. Based on conference discussions, this report summarizes perspectives and early analysis on confidence building from a women, peace, and security perspective. It also offers preliminary recommendations for further research and action.

COVID-19 and conflict: Advancing women’s meaningful participation in ceasefires and peace processes

Monday, August 3, 2020

This brief addresses the importance of women’s full, equal, and meaningful participation to an effective pandemic response and to peacemaking efforts, and how the women, peace and security agenda can provide a critical framework for inclusive decision-making and sustainable solutions. It also provides preliminary analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on women’s participation in ceasefires and peace processes and offers a series of recommendations, including on “building back better”.

Conflicting identities: The nexus between masculinities, femininities and violent extremism in Asia

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

We know that violent extremism has gendered impacts. But how do gendered power relations influence violent extremism, including why individuals join extremist groups, how these groups function, and what beliefs they hold? UN Women and UPDP commissioned this research volume of expert analyses to explore how unequal gender power structures, including masculinity, fuel and shape violent extremism in South and Southeast Asia.

Understanding why youth fight in the Middle East: The case of Pankisi

Monday, July 1, 2019

This report explores the gender, age, and religious identity dynamics that contributed to a disproportionate number of young men traveling from the small Pankisi Gorge region of Georgia to become foreign terrorist fighters in the Middle East from 2014 to 2016.

Series on inclusive peace processes

Friday, December 14, 2018

These papers support women’s meaningful participation and the integration of gender perspectives in peace processes that aim to end violent intra-state conflict. The key target audience is women, gender equality advocates, and others engaged in peace processes, who wish to influence negotiations.

Women’s meaningful participation in negotiating peace and the implementation of peace agreements: Report of the Expert Group Meeting

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This report reflects the findings of the May 2018 Expert Group Meeting on women’s meaningful participation in negotiating peace and the implementation of peace agreements, and offers key insights from leading practitioners and experts on the progress and challenges for women’s meaningful participation across a diverse range of countries and peace processes.

UNSCR 1325 and female ex-combatants: Case study of the Maoist women of Nepal

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The situation of women combatants and the roles they can play in conflict transformation and peacebuilding is an area which has received minimal attention in the women, peace and security agenda over the past 15 years. This case study of the Maoist women combatants in conflict and post conflict Nepal seeks to document and analyze their realities within the contrasting narratives of victimhood and agency.

Unsettling bargains? Power-sharing and the inclusion of women in peace negotiations

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The report draws on a new dataset from the Peace Agreement Access tool PA-X together with gender quota data from the Quota Project (www.quotaproject.org). This report responds to what the author suggests is an urgent need to develop clearer conceptual thinking on the relationship of women’s equality to power-sharing in the peace and security field. It also responds to a need to work towards more systematic empirical evaluation of the relationship.

The Conflict Did Not Bring Us Flowers: The need for comprehensive reparations for conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reparations for conflict-related sexual violence remain a pressing issue in many parts of the world. The Conflict Did Not Bring Us Flowers brings the voices of survivors of sexual violence during the 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo to the foreground, and proposes measures for the development of comprehensive reparations for survivors.

Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Radicalization has become a growing concern in Jordan, which remains stable amidst regional tensions, but is not immune to radicalization threats. Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan examines the gendered dimensions of radicalization and sheds light on women's and men's perceptions of extremism and its risks and causes in Jordan. This research will inform the development of Jordan's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

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