In order to understand and promote human security, gender equality and sustainable peace, reliable information and comprehensive research are needed in the area of gender, peace and security. Knowledge sharing, ongoing dialogue and complementary working
efforts between researchers and practitioners are vital tools in developing and promoting gender, peace and security work. In order to assess current research, scholars, and institutes UN-INSTRAW developed the Global Gender, Peace and Security Research Directory which was launched in June 2006. The directory currently includes over 130 different research institutions from around the world that are addressing and actively engaging in gender, peace and security issues.