WISCOMP’s work situates itself at the intersection of gender, conflict, and security and includes a diverse range of training, research, and outreach activities. The focus is on the transformation of gender relations at all levels of society—within the home, in the workplace, in the community, at the negotiation table, and at the level of wider social and political processes.
This Program foregrounds the gender-sensitive voices of both women and men on issues of militarism, human security, governance, and positive peace. WISCOMP believes that women and men must partner to co-create a future in which the principles of nonviolence, mutual respect, and gender equity guide relations from the personal, local, domestic, regional and international levels.
We engage with questions:
How do they respond to violence?
What do women do differently? What is their track record in ‘waging peace’?
How do conventional notions of masculinity and femininity impact gender roles?
In what ways can changes in gender identities affect the patterns of discrimination and violence?
How might we influence the beliefs and behaviors of the young—aged between 15 and 30—so that they, as the next generation, have the motivation and capacity to co-create a just and equitable society society?
In what ways can women and men work together to build a culture of gender equity and zero tolerance for violence?
The Program on Women and Security includes three projects:
This project aims to transform mindsets that foster violence against women. Gender-based violence poses a risk to the wellbeing of all Indians. WISCOMP launched this initiative to counter the pandemic magnitude of gender-based violence in the National Capital, named the ‘rape’ capital of India. Read more
IIn efforts to build constituencies of peace in contexts of violent conflict, WISCOMP has supported women-led initiatives in the Northeast, J&K, and Gujarat. Two flagship initiatives are: Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia and Athwaas: Building Constituencies for Peace. Read more
The South Asian collaborative research initiative on Gender and Non-Traditional Security has been a significant milestone in WISCOMP’s effort to ‘engender’ security. Non-traditional formulations of and approaches to security have formed a central part of the organization’s research agenda. Read more