Gender and Security

This topic focuses on gender and its impact on conflict, extremism and security, highlighting the importance of a gender lens in policy and programming.

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The gender equality agenda has focused on the areas of conflict and security since the creation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda with the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000.

Gender is an often-overlooked social construction that shapes every individual’s understanding of roles and motivations, as well as their experience of the many different impacts of terrorism and conflict.

RUSI’s research and analysis explores the role that gender plays in conflict and security, looking at the many ways in which gender analysis and equality is essential to meaningful security solutions. It is hoped that our work will help foster a stronger gender lens in all analysis of conflict and security among policymakers and practitioners.

RUSI continues to make unique contributions especially to the body of work on gender mainstreaming in countering terrorism and extremism policy and programming. This work has distinctive insight into the importance and challenges of applying a gender lens in policy and programming, and into the assumptions around the roles that women have in violent extremism as well as in countering and preventing it.

Main Image Credit US Air Force / Dustin Payne

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  • Gendered Implications: Highlighting the Unequal Impact of the Pandemic

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Review recordings of past events on gender and security issues.

Invite-only events
Gender in Conflict and Security Webinar Series – Countering Violent Extremism: Making Gender Matter
Members events
Launch of the Gender in Conflict and Security Webinar Series - Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women
Africa in Perspective - Gender Empowerment in Peace and Security
RUSI Terrorism and Conflict Research Group Launch of the Prevention Project: A Seminar Series Exploring the Evidence Base for P/CVE

Latest publications

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    External publications

    Countering Violent Extremism: Making Gender Matter, Elizabeth Pearson, Emily Winterbotham, Katherine Brown (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

    'Community and Gender in Counter-Terrorism Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Transferability Across the Evolving Threat Landscape', Jessica White (ICCT, 25 Nov 2020)

    'Gender in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Meaningful Inclusion of Policy in Practice', Jessica White (CT Morse, 7 Oct 2020) 

    'Gender in Countering Violent Extremism Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation: Beyond Instrumentalism', Jessica White (Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 18 Sep 2020)

    'Do Mothers Know Best? How Assumptions Harm CVE', Emily Winterbotham (Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, 17 Sep 2018)