Focus Areas

An initiative aimed at building gender equal, peaceful, non-violent and inclusive societies through research, training, and conflict resolution, the Gender Security Project is dedicated to the following areas of engagement:

Gender and Conflict: Gender experiences in instances of violent conflict vary across the spectrum. This dedicated focus area takes a deep dive into examining armed conflict through a gender lens and into gendered experiences of violent conflict.

Gender and Development: Development has often been built through the eyes of cis-het men - infrastructure, design, and developmental strategies are framed with the average cis-het male identity in mind. This segment examines gender-informed and gender-sensitive strategies for development.  

Gender and Environment: Environmental concerns ranging from pollution to climate change are entrenched realities that require dynamic responses to challenges. This segment examines environmental challenges through a gender lens. 

Gender and Human Security: The UNDP proposed the idea of Human Security in its Human Development Report of 1994. This term expanded the scope and meaning of security, suggesting that individual security hinged on such aspects as economic, health, food, environmental, personal, community, and political security. This focus area examines human security through a gender lens. 

Gender and Justice: Justice refers to giving one their due. It fundamentally derives from legal frameworks that offer a basis and scope for the overarching scope of justice, what it entails, and how it shall be rendered. This area looks at gender justice and maps best practices

Gender and Media: The media represents the pulse of a society, with the dual responsibility of supplying information and representing the culture of a particular society. This segment engages with films, books, television, news media, and social media through a feminist and gender lens.

Gender and Peace: Peace in post-conflict societies has often been built through negotiations headed and endorsed by cis-het men. This segment makes an effort to create space for discourse on gender and peacebuilding, while making peacebuilding an inclusive process.