With the UN-led High Level Political Forum starting this week, the world’s attention turns to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, the theme is Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, a topic of significant relevance to peacebuilding organisations like Conciliation Resources.
Commitments to undertake gender-sensitive conflict analysis have been included in a number of national action plans on Women, Peace and Security in recent years. Since the start of 2019, we’ve been running interviews and workshops with peacebuilding and policy professionals from around the world to better understand how this analysis is being undertaken.
There is an increasing recognition that the causes of conflict are gendered, meaning that conflicts involve and affect people differently depending on their gender. It therefore follows that it is important to apply a gender perspective in any analysis in order to tackle conflict at its roots. There can be no one-size-fits-all approach to doing this, but here are some ‘good practice’ principles that can be applied when conducting a gender-sensitive conflict analysis: