Prevention and Resolution of Communal Conflicts
This research brief is part of a series, initiated in connection to the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 and promotes the realization of the Women, Peace and Security agenda through evidence-based policy and practice. It is the result of a collaboration between the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and UN Women.
This brief demonstrates that when developing preventive interventions against communal conflict, the promotion of gender equality and an understanding of the role of masculinity and femininity should constitute core aspects. Because communal conflicts are fought by armed civilians rather than organized rebel groups, everyday gender relations shape conflict dynamics and mobilization for fighting.
It also highlights the role of women’s agency in peace processes and their contributions to societal security.
Author: Jana Krause