The Consortium collaborates with a wide network of researchers, policymakers, activists and civil society organizations to develop and share new knowledge and resources, to provide services, and to impact policy processes.

Here is a brief look at ongoing and recent partnerships:

Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF)

The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) is an independent foundation established to integrate knowledge, experience, and critical reflection into and thereby strengthen peacebuilding policy and practice. NOREF supports the development of competence and resources for peacebuilding efforts in the fields of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict rehabilitation, as well as mediation and humanitarian actors in conflict-affected areas. In order to provide resources on peacebuilding, mediation and humanitarian issues to the Norwegian and the international peacebuilding community, the centre collaborates with a wide network of researchers, policymakers and practitioners. It aims to contribute to linking peacebuilding research, policy and practice through the gathering and sharing of timely information and analysis by commissioning and publishing research carried out by experts in their fields, and by organising briefings and convening seminars and events.

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights is a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG), along with Amnesty International, CARE International, Cordaid, Global Justice Center, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Human Rights Watch, International Alert, MADRE, Nobel Women’s Initiative, OutRight Action International, Oxfam, Plan International, Refugees International, Women’s Refugee Commission, Saferworld and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

The NGOWG on Women, Peace and Security advocates for the equal and full participation of women in all efforts to create and maintain international peace and security. Formed in 2000 to call for a Security Council resolution on Women, Peace and Security, the NGOWG now focuses on implementation of all Security Council resolutions that address this issue, and serves as a bridge between women’s human rights defenders working in conflict-affected situations and policymakers at U.N. Headquarters.


Women in Public Service Project

The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights worked with UMass system partners to plan the first public university conference of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP).  The conference, on “Conflict Transformation through Economic Development and Innovation,” was held June 3 -5, 2013, at UMass Lowell.  The conference delegates were women leaders from Afghanistan, Liberia, Northern Ireland and Turkey.
The Consortium organized a pre-conference workshop for the delegates, to provide the opportunity for the delegates to learn about and from each other and to exchange expertise and experience before the formal schedule of the conference.  
The Consortium also organized the conference’s opening plenary session, on “The Gendered Political Economy of Building Peace in Conflict-Affected States.”  It included a panel of speakers from Pakistan, Sudan and the U.S., followed by workshops on topics such as gender-budgeting and the ambiguous effects of micro-finance programs for women. (Click here for more information about the panel’s aims and participants. A full report is forthcoming.)
The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) began as an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Five Sisters women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley – and is now housed at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Founded in 2011, it has now grown to include other institutions higher education and partner institutions around the world. The initiative seeks to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organizations worldwide, and support the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed. 

The Women’s Regional Network

The Women’s Regional Network (WRN) aims to provide an opportunity for key women leaders in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to unify efforts across borders and to build a common vision to address issues they face in trying to secure peace and stability in the region. Members of the WRN are especially concerned with the inter-linkages between security, extremisms, corruption and militarization, including the militarization of aid and development, as they impact women’s lives. 

The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights created an annotated bibliography for the WRN, mapping recent studies, reports and other materials. The goals were to enable WRN members and partners to access relevant research, as well as to provide a guide to the landscape of current scholarly and policy debates related to these issues. 

Click here for the Gender and Security in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan Annotated Bibliography

Click here for a concept note about the bibliography project’s background and findings.

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