Women in conflict situations and fragile states are using social media tools in many ways.
Over the past several years, the meteoric rise of social media has been an integral part of uprisings and revolutions across the globe. On an individual level, outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram allow people to connect instantly with friends and family, even when thousands of miles apart. After participating in an online brainstorming for NATO’s Innovation Hub, I began to think more broadly about the utility of social media in peace and security operations.
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.
However, what does this mean in the day-to-day lives of real people around the world?
To shed some light on what this means, we can turn to the concept of security equality – coined by scholar Louise Olsson in her work on UN Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor in 2007.
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.
If you don’t have time to prepare a detailed gender analysis or can’t work with a gender expert at the beginning of a new project or program, ask yourself the following questions:
1. How are men, women, boys and girls differently affected by this situation because of their respective roles, needs, priorities, and status?
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!
A simple tool you can use to apply a gender perspective to whatever policy brief, background document, or proposal you are reviewing is to create a chart that helps you identify what gender information you do and do not have.
“Gender blindness” refers to the lack of awareness about how men and women are differently affected by a situation due to their different roles, needs, status and priorities in their societies. Gender blindness can negatively impact the goals of peace and security operations, because a failure to take the differences between men and women into account leads to an incomplete understanding of the area of operation, the host-nation population, and the conflict in general. This results in ineffective rather than simply inequitable security operations.
The Civil Rights Movement and the advancement of women’s rights are founded on the principle of equality and the respect for the dignity of all life.
On Human Rights Day, December 10th, it’s good to remember the rights we enjoy.
It took me a long time to learn how to ride a bicycle. At age seven, the training wheels embarrassing but I could not find my balance without them. When the training wheels finally came off of my light blue, 10-speed Scwhinn, I did something that drove my mother crazy: I undid both of my long braids.
Winter Wall’s W3 Global Consulting blog features Our Secure Future’s Director, Sahana Dharmapuri, as a guest blogger. In this post, Sahana speaks to what it means to work in public service.
U.S. News and World Report interviewed Our Secure Future Director, Sahana Dharmapuri, about the impact of female U.N. peacekeepers and the prevention of sexual violence in conflict zones. This article sheds light on one of the many reasons women’s participation in peacekeeping is essential to any peace process.