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Gender and Security Sector Reform: Examples from the Ground

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INTRODUCTION

Background

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has been working to support the integration of gender issues in security sector institutions and security sector reform (SSR) processes since 2003, including through the development of practiceoriented documents for SSR practitioners. In February 2008, DCAF published a Gender and SSR Toolkit in collaboration with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW). Designed to provide a practical introduction to gender issues for SSR practitioners and policy-makers, the Toolkit includes a series of 24-page “tools” and 4-page “practice notes” on thirteen different SSR topics.

During the development of the Toolkit it became clear that there was also a need for practical training materials on gender and security sector reform. This led to the creation of the Gender and Security Sector Reform Training Resource Package and the Gender and Security Sector Reform Training website. These training resources are designed for SSR trainers and educators and others delivering training on gender and security issues. They include interactive exercises for different types of audiences, discussion topics, general training tips, an online discussion forum and examples from the ground.