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Gender and Private Security Regulation



This Policy Brief is part of the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN Women Gender and Security Toolkit, which comprises nine Tools and a series of Policy Briefs.

The other Tools and Policy Briefs in this Toolkit focus on specific security and justice issues and providers, with more focused attention on what gender equality looks like and how to achieve it in particular sectors. It is intended that the Toolkit should be used as a whole, with readers moving between Tools and Policy Briefs to find more detail on aspects that interest them. The rest of the Gender and Security Toolkit will be published online soon.


This Policy Brief explains why integrating a gender perspective is important to the regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs) and provides guidance to States on doing so in national legislation, contracting and procurement policies, as well as certification, oversight and accountability frameworks for PMSCs.

The Policy Brief:

-outlines what PMSCs are and the role of States in their regulation

-explains why a gender perspective is needed for effective regulation of PMSCs

-presents a range of priorities and entry points for States to integrate a gender perspective in regulation of PMSCs.


Megan Bastick