USIP's Work on Gender

Violent conflict and extremism have different impacts on men and women, and understanding those distinctive effects is critical for designing effective peacebuilding approaches and ensuring greater gender equality and protection for women and girls. Over the past two decades, international organizations and the U.S. government have increasingly recognized the importance of gender equality in creating enduring, peaceful societies. The U.S. Institute of Peace advances scholarship, carries out programs on the ground, and informs policy on issues of gender, peace and security. USIP works with academics, the military, peacekeepers, diplomats and practitioners to advance women’s participation in decision-making, promote peaceful concepts of masculinity and prevent sexual violence in conflict. 

Learn more in our fact sheet on USIP's Work on Gender.

Protecting the Participation of Women Peacebuilders

As global conflict and violence rise to unprecedented levels, the imperative for proactive protection of women peacebuilders has never been more urgent. In honor of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Institute of Peace invited U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to share her message to the international community on the significant importance of protecting women’s participation in peace and security.

Featured   Publications

Russia’s War Has Created a Human Trafficking Crisis, Says U.N. Envoy

Russia’s War Has Created a Human Trafficking Crisis, Says U.N. Envoy

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

By: Ashish Kumar Sen

The humanitarian crisis caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine is rapidly turning into a human trafficking one in which women and children, who make up the majority of the refugees fleeing the war, are being exploited, according to the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten. She said there is an urgent need for a “coordinated regional approach” to what she described as “a crisis within a crisis.”

Type: Analysis and Commentary

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How the Taliban’s Hijab Decree Defies Islam

How the Taliban’s Hijab Decree Defies Islam

Thursday, May 12, 2022

By: Belquis Ahmadi;  Mohammad Osman Tariq

The Taliban continued this week to roll back Afghan women’s rights by decreeing women must be fully covered from head to toe — including their faces — to appear in public. This follows decrees limiting women’s ability to work, women’s and girls’ access to education and even limiting their freedom of movement. Afghan women are rapidly facing the worst-case scenario many feared when the Taliban took over last summer. While the Taliban justify these moves as in accordance with Islam, they are, in fact, contradicting Islamic tradition and Afghan culture as the group looks to resurrect the full control they had over women and girls when they ruled in the 1990s.

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Current  Projects

Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI) Initiative

Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI) Initiative

The field of peacebuilding is based upon principles of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (JDEI). However, peacebuilding organizations are often asked to operate in contexts rooted in systemic injustice and inequity. This can jeopardizing an organization’s ability to embody and implant JDEI values — as well as affect their impact and effectiveness, their stakeholder engagement and their understanding of how unconscious bias can permeate an organization’s programming. Launched in Spring 2021, USIP’s JDEI Initiative cooperates with civil society and U.S. government leaders to host workshops and public events, conduct research, and engage with partners around the world to further the embedment of JDEI in peacebuilding practices.

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Protecting the Participation of Women Peacebuilders

Protecting the Participation of Women Peacebuilders

The global effort to ensure women’s full and meaningful participation in peace processes is at risk. The COVID pandemic and conflicts both old and new are challenging recent progress for women like UNSCR 1325 and the U.S. Women, Peace and Security Act, making the world more dangerous for women human rights defenders and peacebuilders. But International Women’s Day 2022 and U.S. National Women’s History Month both present an opportunity to renew the global commitment to the protection of women’s full participation in the fields of security and peacebuilding.

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Religious Women Negotiating on the Frontlines

Religious Women Negotiating on the Frontlines

In recent years, peace processes — such as the track 2 intra-Afghan negotiations — have shown that on both a moral and practical level, women’s inclusion is essential. Women’s involvement in peace processes increases their likelihood of success and longevity and can increase legitimacy. While more literature on women contributing to mediation and negotiation efforts is slowly being produced, little attention is currently being paid to the already existing work of women who employ their faith and mobilize religious resources for peacebuilding.

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