Peace and conflict

Fascism and Masculine Ideals – Thoughts on the Russian War in Ukraine

8 April 2022
It may be fitting to observe the war in Ukraine through the lens of gender equality, according to Erik Melander.

Female soldiers experienced more gender equality during wartime than in peace

22 November 2021
“My studies from Colombia and Nepal show that many minors enlisted voluntarily and that their quality of life even improved as guerrilla soldiers,” says Wenche Iren Hauge.

Efforts to promote peace can make women more vulnerable

25 March 2021
In recent years, gender has become an important factor in the international work against extremism. But some researchers fear that when women become part of the first line defence against radicalisation, they also become more vulnerable.

Gender issues are ridiculed and sabotaged in the military

25 October 2019
The masculine culture in the Norwegian Armed Forces is a democratic problem. This makes it difficult to work with issues related to gender, according to researcher.

Our image of ISIS women is incomplete

26 September 2019
The ideological conviction was often deeper among the women who joined the ISIS than among the men who did the same, according to researchers.

Returned girl soldiers in Congo are stigmatised

28 November 2017
Congolese girl soldiers are labelled violent and sexual, also by international media and aid organisations. This hampers the girls’ reintegration, according to researcher Milfrid Tonheim.

A warning against desirable facts about women in peace and conflict

11 May 2017
Oversimplified perceptions of gender roles in war and conflict reproduce gender stereotypes and existing inequalities, according to researcher Maria Eriksson Baaz.

Gender matters in war reporting

27 February 2017
Being a journalist in war zones and armed conflicts is becoming increasingly dangerous. Most of the journalists killed in the field are men, but the concern is about the security of their female colleagues.

Open the door and let gender in

16 November 2016
How can gender perspectives be coaxed into a world of male researchers? The gender group at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) did it by knocking on doors and demanding new ways of thinking.

Helga Hernes - The mother of state feminism and gender quotas

10 December 2015
State feminism. Gender quotas. Women’s research. Nobody can say that political scientist and gender equality strategist Helga Hernes (77) hasn’t left any traces behind.

Using the body as a weapon

7 April 2010
Rape camps, sexual torture and gang rape. In times of war some men become brutal assailants. Many people have asked why this is so. Psychologist Inger Skjelsbæk wants to ask the perpetrators themselves.

UN resolution 1325 ten years on

14 June 2010
Ten years after UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was adopted by the UN Security Council, the issue of the role of women in war and conflict has achieved a prominent place on the international agenda. Researcher Torunn Tryggestad is concerned that the intense focus on sexual violence weakens the implementation of other crucial aspects of the resolution.

The price of justice

26 August 2011
Internally displaced women in Colombia are organizing themselves to secure their rights to housing, education and health care. But along with this come threats, violence and dissatisfied husbands. Is it worth it?

Unwise argumentation for women peacekeepers?

4 November 2011
“Women are peace-loving.” “Women are problem-solvers.” “Women are more empathetic than men.” Arguments such as these are often used to advocate for women’s participation in military operations. This is a risky road to go down, according to researcher Kathleen Jennings.

Remember gender when crisis strikes

16 April 2012
Women and men, boys and girls may have different needs and personal resources in a crisis situation. But how easy is it for humanitarian aid workers to remember this when they are surrounded by people in crisis?


Bæk, Sindre og Inger Skjelsbæk
Published: 2023

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