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Research

The Centre for Women Peace and Security aims to play a leading role in developing the multi-sectoral approach required to further the aims of the women, peace and security agenda. In pursuit of this aim, the Centre:

  • develops research and practice on issues relating to women, peace and security and sexual violence in conflict-affected settings;
  • brings together scholars, activists and practitioners to advance knowledge and influence global and local policy-making;
  • builds partnerships with those working on issues of women, peace and security, such as military personnel, UN agencies, regional and local bodies and civil society actors; and
  • consolidates existing, and produce new academic and international knowledge on women, peace and security. 

Current projects

Displacement and Women, Peace and Security in Iraq

The ‘Displacement and Women, Peace and Security in Iraq’ project looks at the gendered dimensions of conflict-related displacement with a particular focus on displaced women. It seeks to contribute to developing the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in conflict-related situations.

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Gender and New Wars

War is a gendered phenomenon. While gender differential impacts of war have been widely studied, there is still a gap in our understanding of how gender is constructed in the context of ‘new wars’ (as defined by Kaldor, 1999).  

In March 2017 the Centre hosted the ‘Gender and New Wars’ workshop, bringing together emerging work on the formation, contestation and transformation of gender relations in new wars. Over two days 26 presentations were made in eight panels: Gendered Tactics of New Wars; Gender, International Law and Foreign Policy; Women Perpetrators and Combatants; Care and Political Economy; Culture and Identity; Men and Boys in New Wars; Gender and the War on Terror.

Led by Christine Chinkin and Mary Kaldor with Punam Yadav, work has begun to prioritise the gaps in knowledge to be filled by new research. 

Stigma and Children Born of War

Research across conflict contexts documents specific risks, needs and protection gaps for some children born as a result of conflict-related sexual violence. One key risk is the gendered, intergenerational phenomenon of stigma. Despite this evidence, such children remain marginalised in post-conflict national and international policies, laws and programmes.

On 25 September, the Centre convened an interdisciplinary workshop on “Stigma and Children Born of War”. This brought together a diverse range of participants from academia, civil society, government, non-governmental organisations and the United Nations. The workshop explored critical conceptual and empirical questions relating to children born of war and stigma, with the goal of bridging the academic-policy “divide” on these issues. The UK’s launch of the Global Principles for Action to prevent and address stigma associated with CRSV provided a key policy entry point for broader examination of related research and policy debates.

Led by Joanne Neenan, this research examines stigma and broader human rights challenges children born of CRSV may face and the adequacy of “post-conflict” policy and legal responses. She recently completed fieldwork in Uganda and Colombia.

Strategic Network on Gender Violence Across War and Peace

In March 2017, the Centre for Women, Peace and Security launched the Strategic Network on Gender Violence Across War and Peace. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Network aims to advance understanding of the continuum of violence framework by focusing on four country situations: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Lebanon and Sri Lanka. 

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Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls

The Centre for Women, Peace and Security has undertaken a complementary programme of engagement with those working at all levels to end violence against women.

LSE WPS has facilitated and delivered expert advice to two independent UN bodies in relation to their work on violence against women, and created a new accessible online resource. 

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Recent fieldwork

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Disaster and Displacement: The resilience of women in Iraq and Nepal

Dr Zeynep Kaya and Dr Punam Yadav were awarded a seed grant from the LSE IGA / Rockefeller Resilience Fund to support scoping research into the resilience of women who are displaced in post-conflict contexts. Dr Yadav undertook fieldwork in Nepal, interviewing women, local leaders, civil society organisations and policy-makers. The Iraqi Kurdistan fieldwork, and report on findings, will be undertaken in 2017.

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Gender Structures and Social Wellbeing: A socio-legal exploration of conflict-related gender-based violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Liberia

Dr Marsha Henry led a scoping research project on the influence of gender norms and structural forms of inequality and violence on women’s engagement with civil society organisations and institutions which offer psycho-social and legal support. Three members of the LSE WPS team undertook fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Liberia in 2016. The research was supported by seed-funding from the Wellcome Trust. 

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A Slow Motion CAR Crash: Systemic failure and the invisibility of gender in UN sexual abuse and exploitation scandals

There have been more than 100 cases of sexual exploitation and abuse or sex or gender based violence involving peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic.

In October 2016, Dr Henri Myrttinen of the LSE WPS Advisory Board undertook a series of interviews in Bangui and Nairobi with local, regional and civil society organisations and UN representatives, on responses to the abuse cases, and reactions and impact of the implementation of stricter regulations on peacekeeping forces.

 

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