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Our mission is to create a more peaceful, just and gender equitable world through programs designed to:
The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights was founded in 2002, with generous support from the Ford Foundation. Initially, the Consortium's primary goal was to integrate the study of gender and of women into research on human rights, security, and armed conflict. Scholars from five leading academic centers and programs in the Boston area came together with the purpose of “changing the political and academic understanding of the security field so that the dynamics of gender become salient at all points in the conflict process, from prevention through post-conflict reconstruction.” The five original centers were:
In January of 2009, the Consortium moved to its current home at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Since its founding, the Consortium has developed partnerships and collaborations far beyond its Boston origins, and we have been privileged to work with researchers, policymakers and practitioners, and civil society activists around the world.
During this time we have seen increased attention from international and national policy institutions to issues concerning women and war, but still little effective action. In response, we have shifted to focus more on
bridging the gap between the scholarly research community on the one hand, and policy makers and practitioners on the other.
At the same time, we believe it is crucial to break through the limitations of the current “gender, peace and security” agenda. Thus, we see our role as catalyzing cross-community, cross-disciplinary conversations
to create the multidimensional, structural, feminist gendered analyses that are imperative to finding sustainable and just solutions --
not only to wars, but to the political, social, economic and environmental crises that underlie them.
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