Policy and Tools

Women Peace App

Women, Peace and Security: There’s An App For That

June 12, 2017
For anyone who has ever wanted to feel more connected to WPS, the (free!) Women, Peace and Security app from PeaceWomen is a fantastic resource. It offers something for everyone, at every level of personal and professional involvement with the movement. It simultaneously provides a great introduction and starting point for beginners, action items for those who feel they’re on the fringe and want... Read more
Relations Gender in Africa

Including a Gender Perspective in US-Africa Relations Makes Cents

May 23, 2017
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) held a hearing entitled “US Interests in Africa.” The hearing was convened by Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), who described the event as a way for “members to discuss policies that have been successful and what more can be done to strengthen important relationships all through the continent.” Witnesses at the hearing... Read more

Mitigating Modern Threats, Part II: A Gender Perspective on Social Media as a Weapon

May 08, 2017
The following is the second part of a two-part series on the emerging security risk of ignoring women as active participants in social media and hybrid warfare. Part I is available to read here. Barriers to women’s involvement: the methodological and the practical In spite of the tangible threat that social media poses to peace and security worldwide, substantive discussions of women’s role in... Read more
Gender and Social Media

Mitigating Modern Threats, Part I: A Gender Perspective on Social Media as a Weapon

May 01, 2017
The following is the first part of a two-part series on the emerging risk of ignoring women as active participants in social media and hybrid warfare. In 2015, Marriët Schuurman, then Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, called specifically for the integration of a gender perspective into security areas “such as hybrid warfare and extremist violence.” Her suggestion, though... Read more
Women and Social Media

Empowering Women in Fragile States Through Social Media

April 18, 2017
By now, we all understand the promise of social media to give voice to the voiceless—especially in crisis situations. New uses for social media tools in disaster response and humanitarian assistance have notably increased ordinary people’s ability to engage in a two-way dialogue with policy and decision-makers, effectively narrowing the gap between the powerful and the powerless. Yet, an... Read more

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