Gender and Conflict

Event Recording

Mexico: Women’s Rise in Organised Crime (Online Events, 30 November 2023)

In this online event our Mexico experts, Angélica Ospina and Falko Ernst, discuss our report Partners in Crime: The Rise of Women in Mexico’s Illegal Groups with analysts on gender and organised crime, Coletta Youngers (WOLA) and Sandra Ley (México Evalúa).

Partners in Crime: The Rise of Women in Mexico’s Illegal Groups

More and more women are joining the criminal outfits battling for turf in Mexico, heightening the dangers these groups pose. To arrest this trend, and to help offenders leave these groups, authorities should cooperate with civil society to provide alternative pathways to earning a living.

Also available in Español

Bottleneck of the Americas: Crime and Migration in the Darién Gap

Migrants from far and wide are trekking northward through the Darién Gap, a dense jungle where they face dangers including criminal predation. Steps to improve law enforcement, ease crises in countries of origin and provide more humanitarian aid would push policy in the right direction.

Also available in Español
Podcast / Global

Why Women Fight: Gender Dynamics in Insurgencies and Armies

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Elissa Jobson talk to Jessica Trisko Darden, Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, about how gender roles differ in insurgencies and armed forces, and how gender dynamics play out in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Special Briefing / Global

Ten Challenges for the UN in 2023-2024

It has been a hard year at the UN, with major-power tensions rising, and more difficulties likely lie ahead. Nonetheless, there are several important steps the body’s officials and member states can take in the interest of international peace and security.

Also available in Français
Q&A / Africa

The Fallout in Chad from the Fighting in Darfur

War in Sudan’s Darfur region has triggered a refugee crisis in eastern Chad and raised concerns that turmoil could spread. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Enrica Picco draws upon research at the Chad-Sudan border to explain the challenges facing N’Djamena. 

Also available in Français
Q&A / Asia

Ethnic Clashes Roiling Manipur Pose Test for India’s Modi

Inter-communal clashes have erupted in India’s Manipur state, near Myanmar. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Praveen Donthi delves into what caused the unrest and what New Delhi could do to stop it.

Ukraine’s Male Travel Ban and the Protection of Civilians in Wartime

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Elissa Jobson speak with Charli Carpenter, director of the Human Security Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, about the perception and the gendered effects of Ukraine’s male travel ban and ways for better protecting civilians in wartime. 

Q&A / Gender and Conflict

Strengthening the Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

The UN Security Council will soon consider the Secretary-General’s annual report on sexual violence in conflict. In this Q&A, Crisis Group experts Cristal Downing and Floor Keuleers discuss causes and consequences of such violence – and the importance of sexual and reproductive health care for survivors.

Briefing / Africa

Absorbing Climate Shocks and Easing Conflict in Kenya’s Rift Valley

A series of failed rainy seasons in northern Kenya has sharpened competition among herders, farmers and conservancy owners for land and water, often resulting in bloodshed. Authorities should redouble aid to hard-hit areas and, with donor support, look for ways to encourage sharing of resources.

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