Commitment to Gender Sensitivity

At Navanti, we see work on women’s status and rights as essential to building peaceful and stable nations. In our research, we make visible the structures of violence and peace in the lives of women and girls before, during and after crisis, knowing that their experiences are fundamental to understanding the roots of conflict and possibilities for lasting stability. We are committed to principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment across our programming, informing both the lens we bring to our analyses as well as the way in which we carry out our work. We seek to meet the highest standards in gender-sensitive conflict research and programming:

  • We recognize and program for complexity, including through the application of an intersectional gender and inclusion lens
  • We mainstream a trauma-sensitive approach across our research and programming
  • We systematically gather and analyze data disaggregated by sex, age and disability status
  • We seek gender parity across data collection teams and among participants
  • We prioritize mixed methods research to better understand root causes of gendered violence and peacebuilding
  • We build a culture of learning and collaboration across projects through gender working groups, regular workshops, and a practice of critical reflection
  • We create gender-equitable systems of shared decision-making built on investments in women’s leadership and technical skills


Navanti joined the UN Global Compact and became a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2019. Through these mechanisms we report yearly on progress to promote gender equality and diversity across our work. In 2021, Navanti endorsed the Gender Minimum Standards, setting standards for gender equality in policies, culture, accountability, and budgeting across the organization.

Recent Work

In Syria, Navanti tracked sexual and gender-based violence incidents since the conflict’s inception in 2011, in order to build on Lauren Wolfe’s “Women Under Siege” project with the Women’s Media Center. Navanti analysts worked in cooperation with the George Washington University School of Business Analytics to build a Python-based web-scraper used to gather, sort, and analyze reported SGBV incidents within 44,671 articles, largely in the Arabic language. Navanti sorted through the data and visualized the results into a dashboard for easy navigation and analysis.

In Libya, Navanti trained and worked alongside youth assessors – 50% young women – capturing the experiences of young people in their transitions to adulthood – how young women and young men were making decisions about their education, employment, and civic participation.