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A New Project from World Politics Review: Women’s Rights and Conflict

Posted March 8, 2017 in Events & News

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As we celebrate International Women’s Day, World Politics Review (WPR) takes a look at women’ rights as part of a new series offering in-depth coverage of important issues. WPR founder and publisher Hampton Stephens highlights WPR’s on-going series on women’s rights (and the correlation between gender inequality and political instability and conflict) and the deeper dive WPR is taking in its reporting.


Egyptian women protest violence used against them in clashes between police and protesters, Cairo, Dec. 20, 2011 (AP photo by Amr Nabil)

In the natural course of our ongoing coverage of important global issues here at World Politics Review, we often end up with a series of articles that provides a very comprehensive and deep understanding of an issue. We aggregate these series on our website. At the moment, for example, we have ongoing series examining the refugee crisis in Europe, corruption, and Donald Trump’s foreign policy, just to name a few.

These series, and the long-form reports we publish weekly, are very deep analytical dives into issues. Even our shorter-form daily articles could never be said to be lacking in depth. Despite the very in-depth analysis we’re already producing, however, our editors recently asked themselves a question: What if, from time to time, we chose a particularly important issue and examined it in even greater depth?

Today, I’m announcing the result of that questioning: The first in what we hope will be a series of editorial projects, each lasting several months or more, to significantly advance the current state of knowledge and awareness of an important subject. These special projects will be undertaken in addition to our routine coverage, and are just another way we advance our mission to provide information that makes a difference in the world.

The subject of this first such special project grew out of our ongoing series on women’s rights. Some of the most interesting articles in that series have examined how the status of women in various regions of the world is related to the prevalence of conflict in those regions. As Valerie Hudson, a professor at the Bush School at Texas A&M and an editorial advisor on our project, has written in World Politics Review, and demonstrated empirically in her research, “Where female subordination through violence, unequal laws and coerced economic dependence is most extreme, we also find the shatter-belts of conflict in our world.”

Surprisingly, knowledge of these links is not widespread among policymakers and international development organizations, so efforts to address gender-based discrimination and violence are often under-resourced relative to other known causes of conflict.

WPR hopes to contribute toward changing this. In coming months, working in partnership with charitable foundations, think tanks and other organizations, WPR will produce a series of reports on women in conflict authored by teams of journalists and researchers who will travel to countries that are representative of the relevant issues involved.

The journalists and researchers will examine the causal links between gender inequality and political instability; the impact of conflict on women, communities and societies; and the role of women in achieving sustainable post-conflict outcomes, as well as other ways that post-conflict environments can impact gender equality.

After the reports are published, our plans call for hosting a forum for policymakers in Washington to communicate the findings of the reports and to catalyze further solutions-oriented work. In the final phase of this project, WPR will host a virtual conference for journalists and development workers to transfer knowledge from the report authors to those working on the ground in regions where the problem of gender-based violence is most pressing.

At World Politics Review, we continue to produce the kind of timely and relevant analysis that helps students from secondary to graduate school better understand the full range of important global issues. With this new project, however, we are inaugurating an editorial format that will occasionally allow us to home in on a single issue and increase the impact of our work. If you think World Politics Review might be useful for your institution, I invite you to request a free trial.

Want to learn more about women’s rights and conflict? Here is some further reading:

From World Politics Review:

Taking the Long View on the Changing Status of Women in the Middle East, Nov. 1, 2016

The World Needs a Peace Treaty Between Men and Women, Sept. 29, 2016

Women and the Demography-Security Nexus, Nov. 20, 2012

Other links:

Feminist Foreign Policies are Gaining Popularity, and Increasing the Peace, Oct. 27, 2016

What Sex Means for World Peace, Foreign Policy, April 24, 2012

The WomanStats Project


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