Policy and Tools

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

Back to the Basics: A Simple Gender Analysis Tool

March 27, 2017
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... Read more
Applying a gender perspective to your work

Back to the Basics: How do I Apply a Gender Perspective to My Work?

March 22, 2017
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... Read more

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