Gender Policy Journal

The Gender Policy Journal was a student-run publication at the Harvard Kennedy School that published interdisciplinary work on gender policy, gendered power dynamics, and gender-based systems of oppression, including patriarchy and white supremacy. The Gender Policy Journal was originally founded in 2001 as the Women’s Policy Journal and was revived in 2017 after a 5-year hiatus before being re-named in 2021.

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The Worst-Kept Open Secret: Sexual Abuse Crimes Perpetrated by UN Peacekeepers: We need criminal accountability, not guidelines, and blind eyes.


Introduction We have heard how rape is used as a weapon or tactic of war[i], but it is time to ask if sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is a weapon of the United Nations (UN) peacekeepers? The UN received approximately 2,000 SEA allegations perpetrated by UN peacekeepers between 2004 and 2014.[ii] In 2003, Kofi Annan, […]

A Playbook to Design & Deliver Financial Savings Solutions for Women


The gender gap looms large in financial inclusion. Across developing economies, women are six percentage points less likely than men to own bank accounts — in countries like Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Turkey, the gender gap is more than twenty percentage points. Men are more likely to report that they have saved any money in the […]

Calling on Women to Extinguish the Flames: The Power of Female Leadership in Conflict Resolution


As two Palestinian and Israeli women and friends, who have lived through longstanding antagonism of our nations, we have seen firsthand the devastating impact of war and hatred on both sides. We came together to share our belief that female leadership is crucial for a better future for both people. However, women have been largely […]

Compensating at Scale: America’s Insecure Masculinity and the Police


In this article, Rick Miles offers a gender and masculinity based explanation for the expansion of policing and police militarization in American public life as an example of compensatory masculinity.

We Can’t Go Back. Private Universities Must Counter the Attack on Gender Studies


In this article, Mara Bolis presents the argument for private universities to defend intersectional gender studies from new laws restricting discussions of gender, race, sexuality, inequality and even American history at public institutions.

Gender, Race and Identity

Shifting the Focus from Weapons to Women: Reimagining Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)


In this article, Bryn de Chastelain explores the benefits of gender-sensitive reintegration efforts within DDR programmes in DRC.

The Emergence and Implications of Gender Affirming Healthcare Bans on Broader Healthcare Access


In this article, Levi C. Bevis examines the impact of transgender healthcare bans on transgender youth and discusses how these bans negatively impact healthcare access for the broader public.

When Legalizing Abortion is Not Enough: Barriers in seeking Abortion that go beyond Laws


In this article, the authors explore the barriers that women face on the ground when accessing abortion, even when the procedure has been legalized. They look at the cases of Argentina and Colombia, in Latin America, and India and Nepal, in Asia, to highlight examples of barriers and how grassroots organizations are playing a key role in supporting safe access to abortions.

Obstacles in the Way of Women’s Mobility: UTI and Unhygienic Toilet Facilities


In this article, Simin Ibnat Dharitree presents the argument for the importance of hygienic toilet facilities in Bangladesh for women to overcome the obstacles in their mobility, well being and empowerment.

The Quest for Sexual Reproductive Health Rights in Morocco


In this article, Yasmina Benslimane gives an overview of the current deadly situation of abortion rights in Morocco and the urgent need for legislative change.

UNDER PRESSURE: The Mental Toll of Online Abuse on Women in Politics


In this article, Gergana Tzvetkova highlights the need for effective legislation and original and inclusive policies, which will help counter gendered disinformation and online abuse against woment in politics.

Opinion: It is past time for the United States to establish a federally paid parental leave policy.


In this article, Nupur Sharma presents an overview of paid family leave laws in the United States and discusses why they should be advanced.

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