Too often, analysis of gender in a conflict setting is an afterthought. When undertaken at all, it tends to be handled with a one-size-fits-all approach and oversimplified. This introductory course addresses why it is important to integrate gender analysis into peacebuilding from the beginning of project design and throughout the project lifecycle.  

At the heart of this course is the Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (GIFT), a conceptual guide that facilitates the integration of gender analysis into project design. Each of the three components of the GIFT offer distinctive insights into gender dynamics in a conflict. Together, they open the way for a more comprehensive and transformational approach to gender-inclusive programming. While this course is tailored to peacebuilding, many of the concepts are highly relevant for the broader development field and other projects in fragile environments. 
 

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Define gender from a sociocultural perspective;
  • Explain the importance of gender to conflict analysis and peacebuilding; 
  • Discuss the benefits of integrating gender analysis into project design upstream and discuss the risks of excluding gender analysis; 
  • Describe the three components of the GIFT and identify what each of the components brings to gender analysis; and 
  • Develop questions for conflict analysis informed by the three components of the GIFT. 

Agenda

Module 1: Introduction to Gender in Peacebuilding

This module introduces the concept of gender from a sociocultural perspective and its relevance to peacebuilding. It looks at how violent conflict can change gender roles and norms, and why it is important to expand our analysis of conflict and security to include gender. (1.5 Hours)

Module 2: Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (GIFT)

This module introduces the Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (GIFT) and its three analytic components: Women, Peace and Security; Peaceful Masculinities; and Intersecting  Identities. It reviews how these three components can inform gender analysis and project design. Examples of questions prompted by each of the components and examples from conflict settings are used to illustrate the utility of the GIFT. (3 Hours)

Module 3: Application and Conclusion

This module uses a scenario exercise to practice the initial steps in applying the GIFT. Course participants practice identifying questions prompted by the three GIFT components to conduct a gender analysis of a specific scenario and objective. The course ends with the opportunity to reflect on what has been learned.

Instructors

Practitioner Voices

  • Noha Alkamcha, Senior Program Manager, Vital Voices Global Partnership
  • Muthaka Ilot Alphonse, International Programme Manager at RFSU – Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning 
  • Khin Lay, Women’s Rights Activist & Founding Director of Triangle Women Organization
     

Related Publications

The Latest @ USIP: How Civil Society is Addressing Haiti’s Crisis

The Latest @ USIP: How Civil Society is Addressing Haiti’s Crisis

Monday, March 25, 2024

By: Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deschamps

In the past few years, life in Haiti has been dominated by gangs’ growing control over huge swathes of the capital, Port-au-Prince. For Haitian families, this crisis has meant extreme violence, pervasive unemployment, lack of education for children and reduced access to health care. 2023 Women Building Peace Award finalist Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deschamps serves as the deputy executive director, the head of the women's health program and the manager of the clinical research unit of GHESKIO Centers in Port-au-Prince. She spoke to USIP about how her work helps women and their families, and what the global community can do to help Haitian civil society address this devastating humanitarian crisis.

Type: Blog

Conflict Analysis & PreventionGender

Addressing Gendered Violence in Papua New Guinea: Opportunities and Options

Addressing Gendered Violence in Papua New Guinea: Opportunities and Options

Thursday, March 7, 2024

By: Negar Ashtari Abay, Ph.D.;  Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.;  Gordon Peake, Ph.D.;  Melissa Demian, Ph.D.

Each year, more than 1.5 million women and girls in Papua New Guinea experience gender-based violence tied to intercommunal conflict, political intimidation, domestic abuse, and other causes. It is, according to a 2023 Human Rights Watch report, “one of the most dangerous places to be a woman or girl.” Bleak as this may seem, it is not hopeless. USIP’s new report identifies several promising approaches for peacebuilding programming to reduce gender-based violence and effect meaningful and lasting change in Papua New Guinea.

Type: Special Report

Gender

The Challenges Facing Afghans with Disabilities

The Challenges Facing Afghans with Disabilities

Thursday, February 29, 2024

By: Belquis Ahmadi

In Afghanistan, obtaining accurate data on the number of persons with disabilities — including gender-disaggregated information — has always been a challenging endeavor. But based on the data we do have, it’s clear that more than four decades of violent conflict have left a considerable portion of the Afghan population grappling with various forms of disabilities, both war-related and otherwise. And the pervasive lack of protective mechanisms, social awareness and empathy surrounding disability continue to pose formidable challenges for individuals with disabilities, with women being disproportionately affected.

Type: Analysis

GenderHuman Rights

The Latest @ USIP: Children Born of War

The Latest @ USIP: Children Born of War

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

By: Eunice Otuko Apio

Unfortunately, children born as a result of conflict-related sexual violence have been overlooked in the international community’s peacebuilding agenda for a long time. Eunice Otuko Apio, a member of Uganda's Parliament and a finalist for USIP’s 2022 Women Building Peace Award, discusses why children born of war have historically been marginalized in peace processes, how resources can be used to support them and their families more effectively, and how women can contribute to peacebuilding more broadly.

Type: Blog

GenderHuman Rights

View All Publications