Ms. Darkwa focuses on two research areas: security during and directly after situations of civil conflict and the gender dimension of international conflicts. During her two-week stay in Duisburg Ms. Darkwa held workshops and lectures for the two Master programmes “International Relations and Development Policy” and “Development and Governance” on gender aspects of violent conflicts, as well as on political transition and democratic consolidation in Africa. Gender does not only offer a critique of current approaches to security and post-conflict development. Ms. Darkwa demonstrated how gender sensitive planning and implementation can improve post-conflict development. They can help sustain piece by systematically changing structural power relations in a society. The lectures gave the students the possibility to learn a different, non-European perspective of security and development, and was enriching for everyone that participated in her lectures.