21 June 2017

How do gender relations influence peacebuilding?

What role do gender relations play in the creation of sustainable peace?  On 7 June, the Graduate Institute’s Gender Centre brought academics from the University of Massachusetts, Radford University, University of Edinburgh and University of California together with Geneva-based experts for an event which discussed recent findings from feminist and conflict research on gender and peacebuilding, notably from a policy perspective.

Among the presentations, Carol Cohn (University of Massachusetts) set out a feminist roadmap for sustainable peace while Claire Duncanson (University of Edinburgh) highlighted women’s economic empowerment in the UN Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

Christelle Rigual, Researcher and Research coordinator at the Graduate Institute’s Gender Centre, shared feedback from the research project she coordinates, ‘The Gender Dimensions of Social Conflict, Armed Violence and Peacebuilding’, which assembles feminist and conflict researchers from Indonesia, Nigeria, Geneva and London. “Adopting a gender approach really helps to grasp local dynamics as well as communities’ abilities to manage conflict and violence”, said Dr Rigual. “A gender approach helps uncover more informal dynamics that are conducted in particular by women, as well as less visible peaceful forms of masculinities, which really contribute to peace-building in conflict-affected communities.”

The research project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation within their joint Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d Programme).

A short video with Christelle Rigual is below.