Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Early Warning of Violence and Conflict: A Global Framework

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During Kenya’s 2017 election period, IFES supported the implementation of a Youth Vote (YVOTE) campaign to encourage participation of traditionally marginalized populations including women and youth.


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Conflict and violence monitoring and early warning systems can save lives. Gender-sensitive indicators help provide nuanced and complete contextual information to strengthen the systems’ predictive capacity, but their integration has been infrequent and inconsistent.

Overlooking gender in early warning risks ignoring gender norms or behaviors that contribute to violence. It further risks formulating policies and responses that do not account for the differential needs and experiences of women, men, girls and boys. Simply put, we must integrate gender in early warning systems, and the alternative is dangerous.


How can violence monitoring efforts and early warning systems better integrate gender-sensitive indicators?


In collaboration with the United States Department of State Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems has developed Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Early Warning of Violence and Conflict: A Global Framework. The framework aims to address gaps and build on existing efforts to mainstream gender in conflict early warning systems.

Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Early Warning of Violence and Conflict: A Global Framework

Lead Author: Louise Allen, Gender, Peace and Security Expert

Contributing Author: Gina Chirillo, Specialist, Gender

Editor: Erica Shein, Director, Center for Applied Research and Learning

How can violence monitoring efforts and early warning systems better integrate gender-sensitive indicators?


Published on May 25, 2021.

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