Peace cloth. Photo: Conciliation Resources.
A toolkit newly published by Conciliation Resources provides practical guidance to peacebuilding practitioners on gender and conflict analysis.
It is based on experience in conflict-affected contexts and draws on our participatory approach to conflict analysis. The Toolkit was developed over a two-year time frame and involved various members of staff, partners, and numerous external experts.
Understanding gender and how it links to peace and conflict in a particular time and place is key to designing inclusive and effective peacebuilding interventions.
The guide provides an introduction to the concept of gender and its relevance to conflict analysis, as well as guidance on how to conduct gender-sensitive conflict analysis.
Part I explores the concept of gender and its relevance to peacebuilding. It also details the ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ of gender-sensitive conflict analysis.
Part II consists of a list of guiding questions on gender-sensitive conflict analysis. It is illustrative of the types of questions that could be asked, rather than an exhaustive checklist to
Part III provides a set of exercises to help explore gender in relation to peacebuilding. These exercises can be used to further understanding of gender and its relevance to the field of peace and security, and/or to explore gender in relation to peace and conflict in a particular context.
The toolkit was produced with financial support from UN Women and can be downloaded here.
Conciliation Resources was founded in 1994 and is based in the United Kingdom. It is an independent organisation working with people in conflict to prevent violence and build peace.
Conciliation Resources provides advice, support and practical resources to help divided communities resolve their differences peacefully.
In addition, it takes what it learns to government decision-makers and others working to end conflict in order to improve policies and peacebuilding practice worldwide.