The Consortium strives to connect and contribute to a thriving research community concerned with gender, security, and human rights. As such, our links page does not attempt to "reinvent the wheel" by linking to every resource on gender and security. Instead, it provides links to other pages which have compiled useful resources for research and advocacy in this area.
PeaceWomen (www.peacewomen.org) is the key website devoted to Resolution 1325. Information rich, it provides extensive coverage of both NGOs and policy institutions which address women, war, and peace. It also has a comprehensive collection of news stories about women and security, as well as useful advocacy tools. Its resources include:
- An extensive database of organizations worldwide working on women, peace, and security issues including NGOs working at the grassroots, national, subregional, regional, and international levels (http:///www.peacewomen.org/contacts/conindex.html)
UNIFEM's 1325 Portal (http://www.womenwarpeace.org/) contains, among other things, country profiles, issue briefs, resources on the UN, and a resource toolbox on Resolution 1325. The portal provides information on current UN Peacekeeping Operations, countries on the Security Council agenda, and UNIFEM's peace and security programming.
The 1325 toolbox contains translations of Resolution 1325, timelines tracing the implementation of the Resolution, useful links to documents and organizations, and educational resources on teaching and implementing 1325 in everyday political practice (http://www.womenwarpeace.org/1325_toolbox)
The Eldis Gender Research Guide (http://www.eldis.org/gender/index.htm) works to support the documentation, exchange, and use of evidence-based development knowledge, communicate this knowledge effectively using the Internet to reach audiences of researchers, development practitioners, and policy-makers at the national and international levels. Helpful links on this page include:
- Articles and reports on gender mainstreaming
The International Committee of the Red Cross, Women and War (http://www.icrc.org/eng/women) covers the specific dangers and suffering confronting women in wartime, arguing that women's plight could be improved if the rules of humanitarian law were fully respected. Helpful resources include: pertinent documents, fact sheets, and field reports.
WomenWatch (http://www.un.org/womenwatch/) is a central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programs, specialized agencies, and academic research institutions. Crucial elements include:
- Extensive pages organized by topic, under subject headings such as violence against women, human rights of women, gender mainstreaming, women and armed conflict (http://www.un.org/womenwatch/topics.html)
- Women, Peace, and Security; the United Nations Secretary-General's Report on the impact of conflict on women and girls, the legal framework for protection, and gender dimensions of peace processes (http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/public/eWPS.pdf)
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) (http://www.unifem.org) provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality. Important parts of the site include:
BRIDGE, Development-Gender (http://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/index.html) supports gender advocacy and mainstreaming efforts of policy-makers and practitioners by bridging the gaps between theory, policy and practices with accessible and diverse gender information.
Siyanda, Mainstreaming Gender Equality (http://www.siyanda.org/) is a growing resource to support practitioners in implementing gender programs and in mainstreaming gender equality concerns. Siyanda is working with partner organizations across the world to build an online space that reflects their interests and needs and connects them to like-minded colleagues. Key site elements include access to concise summaries of online work, archived articles, and experts and consultants in the gender mainstreaming field.
The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) (http://www.un-instraw.org/en/index.html) promotes and undertakes research and training programs to contribute to the advancement of women and gender equality worldwide. INSTRAW produces strategic research, creates synergies for the production and dissemination of knowledge; builds capacity in organizations working towards gender equality; and showcases best practices and lessons learned on gender issues. Pertinent elements of the site include:
- Guide to gender mainstreaming
- Information gathered on gender and security sector reform, financing for development, and gender and migration
- A comprehensive database of gender trainings and training materials offered by international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations
The Initiative for Inclusive Security (http://www.womenwagingpeace.net/) advocates for the full participation of all stake-holders, especially women, in the peace process. This site contains:
- Links to women activists in particular regions and conflicts, as well as basic information on each conflict
- Thematic links to educational resources on conflict prevention, peace negotiations, and post-conflict reconstruction.
Commonwealth Secretariat (http://www.thecommonwealth.org/subhomepage/34021/) has a Gender Program website which includes extensive archived and current publications and news stories, thorough reviews of current projects, and a valuable list of national and regional resources all related to the promotion of gender equality and spreading awareness of the inextricable need to consider gender in building a sustainable future.
Notowar (http://www.cynthiacockburn.org/) is the weblog of feminist activist, author, and educator Cynthia Cockburn. It offers access to several articles, chronicling global feminist antimilitarism. The site also offers access to Cockburn's own publications, her personal feminist journaling, as well as feminist songs and photographs documenting feminist antiwar activity.
Kvinna Till Kvinna (http://www.iktk.se/English//index.html) supports women in regions affected by war and armed conflicts. They are active in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus supporting women's organizations working to strengthen women's psychological and physical health, enhance their self-esteem and ability to participate as a force in the building of a democratic society.
Women for Women International (http://www.womenforwomen.org/programs.htm) is a program which works to address the specific needs of women in conflict and post-conflict situations.