Western Balkans: Gender and SSR
In late 2009, DCAF began a dedicated, long term project to support the integration of gender into security sector institutions and processes in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first phase sought to establish baseline information on the status of gender mainstreaming in the security sector in Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. These assessments aimed to gather detailed information on the status of gender integration in the security sector and current initiatives on the issue, raise awareness on gender and SSR, and enhance stakeholder support for future gender mainstreaming initiatives. Built on the results of both countries’ assessments, DCAF‘s implements targeted activities in the Western Balkans with three primary goals:
- To build the capacity of governmental institutions and CSOs to integrate gender in security sector processes and structures;
- To provide technical support to develop gender sensitive security and defence policies;
- To initiate and strengthen communication and coordination between gender and security institutions on the municipal and central level.
DCAF coordinates closely with international, regional and local partner institutions including the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP, formerly Centre for Civil and Military Relations), Atlantic Initiative (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Žene Ženama (Bosnia and Herzegovina).