Sahana Dharmapur

Sahana Dharmapuri


Sahana Dharmapuri is the Director of the Our Secure Future program at the One Earth Future Foundation. From 2006-2016 she was an independent gender advisor on gender, peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, The Swedish Armed Forces, the United States Institute for Peace, International Peace Institute, and other international development organizations. Most recently, Ms. Dharmapuri was a writer-residence at the Carey Institute for Global Good (Winter 2016) where she completed her first book, Women, Peace & Security: 10 Things You Should Know. She was appointed a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011-2013) and she was an Investing in Women in Development Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (2003-2005). She has published widely on women, peace and security issues including by CNN, Christian Science Monitor, The Fletcher Security Review, Hedaya and The Center for Global Counter-Terrorism, Women’s E-News, Human Rights Quarterly, The Global Responsibility to Protect Journal, The Global Observatory, The Alliance for Peacebuilding Online Journal, the Louisiana Literature Review, The US Naval War College’s Women, Peace and Security monograph series, and Parameters: The Senior Professional Journal of the US Army.



October 12, 2017
In the second of our Back to Basics series, we cover three more micro-hacks you can apply to your work. 

Back to Basics: The Micro Hack

October 06, 2017
In the first of three new installments in our Back to Basics series, we will cover seven simple WPS micro hacks that will change the way you do your work.

Civil Society as an Ally in Countering Violent Extremism

September 30, 2017
Civil society is often better-placed, has specialized expertise, and a nuanced understanding of local dynamics to help identify and address conditions relating to the escalation of political violence. We discuss three ways women in civil society promote security and prevent violent extremism.... more
Women and Social Media

Empowering Women in Fragile States Through Social Media

April 18, 2017
Women in conflict situations and fragile states are using social media tools in many ways.
Social Media and Conflict

Social Media and Peace Operations

April 07, 2017
Over the past several years, the meteoric rise of social media has been an integral part of uprisings and revolutions across the globe.
Security equality for women

Security Equality—What Is It?

April 03, 2017
A question I am often asked is “What does gender equality have to do with security?” There are many scholarly books and articles that go into depth about the different impact that armed conflict has on men, women, boys, and girls because of their different gender roles.

Back to the Basics: A Simple Gender Analysis Tool

March 27, 2017
I’m often asked, “What is a good tool to use to do a quick gender analysis?” Here’s a simple gender analysis tool to keep in your back pocket.
Applying a gender perspective to your work

Back to the Basics: How do I Apply a Gender Perspective to My Work?

March 22, 2017
If your boss hands you the latest brief on food security, police reform, or democratic elections, and then asks you to apply a gender perspective to the brief—here’s some help!