Helen Basini, BSc(Hons), MA (Limerick), has just completed PhD at the University of Limerick funded by the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and IRC. Her research investigated the gender mainstreaming of the Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process in Liberia, with a particular focus on women associated with fighting forces and post-conflict recovery. She is now the project coordinator of the "Responding to HIV/AIDS in Africa: Connecting public administration, policy and communities " as well as a research Fellow in the Centre for Peace and Development. Within this position she has won funds from Folke Bernadotte Academy in Sweden to conduct research on mapping the realities of UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Her research interests include feminist peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction, gender security studies, security sector reform and conflict resolution.