Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia

Led by Åshild Kolås

Jun 2012 – Jul 2016

With a focus on Northeast Indian experiences and a comparative look at Nepal, this project addresses the role of women in local governance and politics, particularly within the context of peace and security processes. This is a collaborative effort by PRIO and six partner institutions in India and Nepal: Malaviya Centre for Peace Research (MCPR) at Banaras Hindu University, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG), WISCOMP in New Delhi, North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC) in Assam, Nambol L. Sanoi College in Manipur, and National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South in Nepal. Our goal is to investigate what women’s empowerment means in the context of protracted conflict without third party mediation in Northeast India, as well as a post-conflict setting with heavy multilateral and international involvement in Nepal. The project contributes new knowledge on processes of ‘disempowerment’ and ‘empowerment’ in conflict and peacebuilding, recognising the active but understudied and often unacknowledged role of women in conflict as well as peacebuilding. 

This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway (INDNOR/NORGLOBAL).

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