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Feb 28, 2013 | Publications

Women’s participation in security sector reform (SSR) is often stated on paper, but overlooked in practice. With the goal of addressing this gap, the Institute for Inclusive Security and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has released a vital Toolkit: A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform.

The guide concretely outlines ways for women in civil society to get involved and influence SSR from the grassroots.  Although targeted toward women who have not formally studied or worked in the security sector, this resource is valuable to anyone working toward a more accountable and inclusive security sector.

From the Institute for Inclusive Security Blog about the new report: 

Despite international laws and policies mandating women’s participation in security sector reform (SSR), women’s perspectives are often discounted or overlooked. Women in civil society can also find themselves outside of discussions about security and unsure how to engage in them.

To address this gap, The Institute for Inclusive Security and The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) are launching an innovative guide for women in civil society that provides concrete steps on how to help develop an effective and accountable security sector.

Why the Guide is Unique

The Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform responds to a critical need. “Advocating for women’s roles in SSR is important because conflict is a culture … we cannot combat it with more conflict,” says Alaa Murabit, founder, Voice of Libyan Women, and reviewer of the Women’s Guide. “We can combat it with women who drive a different security understanding.”

The Women’s Guide is written mainly for women who have not formally studied security or worked with police, militaries, elected officials, and other actors within the sector. Women often have essential knowledge of community needs and a strong desire to make the security sector serve communities better. The Women’s Guide draws on varied experiences of women in civil society from across the world and shares examples of practical, innovative projects. Leading female activists from Afghanistan, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, Serbia, and Uganda provided invaluable feedback…

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