Donna Pankhurst collaborated with UNRISD on the Think Piece Series "Let's Talk about Women's Rights: 20 Years after the Beijing Platform for Action". She wrote a think piece with the title "Why Does the Security Council Have Few Teeth? A Reflection on Women and Armed Conflict 20 years after Beijing 1995".
At the time of her collaboration, Donna Pankhurst was Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. She has a history of research and teaching in the areas of gender, conflict and development, particularly focussing on Africa. In recent years she has been analysing gender-based violence in so-called ‘post-conflict’ contexts, with an increasing focus on men, and explanations for why they commit acts of violence against women. Relevant publications include Gendered Peace. Women’s Struggles for Post-War Justice and Reconciliation, UNRISD and Routledge, 2007; and ‘Sex Wars and Other Wars. Towards a Feminist Approach to Peacebuilding’ in Development and Practice, 13, 2 & 3, 154-177, 2003