some of the work of women peace builders is known anecdotally,
scholarship regarding their experiences is scanty, and
women's work in this field is largely unrecognized at
the institutional and public policy level. Responding
to the need for a strong academic foundation in this
area, the Women Waging Peace network has made research
one of its primary areas of activity. The initiative
has engaged several academic disciplines, linking gender
research, theories of conflict prevention and resolution,
and bringing together women from multiple sectors, including
academics, policymakers, and activists.
Consortium for Gender, Security, and Human Rights
The Boston Consortium for Gender,
Security, and Human Rights is a group of five leading
academic centers and programs dedicated to research
on issues of gender and security, human rights, conflict
resolution and prevention. The Boston Consortium was
created to change 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.
Guidelines for Researchers in the Field of Gender and
These guidelines came
out of the actual stories and experiences of women peace
builders. More than a list of regulations requiring
strict adherence, they are intended to provide ethical
approaches for researchers to follow in constructing
their research projects. The guidelines are also intended
to provide activists and communities an understanding
of their rights and possible roles when being studied.
The annual research symposium
has, for the past two years, taken place as part of
the Waging colloquium in November. Its purpose is to
provide a forum for the development of strategies to
conduct effective research about women in conflict.
a summary of the discussions at the 2001 research symposium.
Bibliography on Women, Conflict and Peace Building
The Waging Research Track is compiling an online bibliography
on women, conflict and peace building. This tool
includes biographies, manuscripts, and other relevant
information, culminating in a database of information.