Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory

A Guide for Turning Theory into Practice

Authored by: Kathleen Kuehnast and Danielle Robertson

Categories: Conflict Prevention, Human Rights, Peace Support Operations, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Countering Violent Extremism, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 2018
Citation: Kathleen Kuehnast and Danielle Robertson "Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory: A Guide for Turning Theory into Practice." United States Institute of Peace. 2018.

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Executive Summary

Violent conflict upends and often polarizes societies—it disrupts social structures, especially men’s and women’s roles and the relationships between them. In fragile and conflict-aected environments, peacebuilding practitioners must address the drivers and consequences of violent, fragmented societies. The increasing militarization of young men is one such driver, and widespread sexual violence eects all in a society, even well after violence has ceased. Yet gender analysis is neither considered nor integrated into much of the project design for conflict prevention and mitigation work. Gender inclusive project design is essential to forming the best approaches for preventing violent conflict and maintaining peace—it is not secondary and should not be an afterthought. The Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (GIFT) is a simple but thorough approach to begin integrating gender analysis into project design.