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Gender and Security Toolkit


More than a decade has passed since the publication of the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR and UN-INSTRAW Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit. Since then, tens of thousands of security and justice personnel globally have been trained on gender equality to some degree, scores of countries worldwide have adopted Women, Peace and Security national action plans (NAPs), and important new national legislation and international standards to tackle gender inequalities and discrimination have been passed. The global adoption and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also highlight the need for good security sector governance (SSG) and the central role justice and security actors play in promoting gender equality.

The new DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN Women Gender and Security Toolkit draws together the key lessons of the past decade in promoting gender equality in security and justice. The aim of the Toolkit is to share new and emerging good practices, reflecting on how they have been developed. The Toolkit is designed to help security and justice sector institutions to integrate a gender perspective: the sector needs to move beyond simply increasing the numbers of women, and become more aware of and responsive to different gendered needs of the entire population. In doing so, attention to often neglected security and justice needs of women and girls must always be a key priority.

The new DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN Women Gender and Security Toolkit is comprised of nine Tools and a series of Policy Briefs:


1. Security Sector Governance, Security Sector Reform and Gender
2. Policing and Gender
3. Defence and Gender
4. Justice and Gender
5. Places of Deprivation of Liberty and Gender
6. Border Management and Gender
7. Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender
14. Intelligence and Gender
15. Integrating Gender in Project Design and Monitoring for the Security and Justice Sector

Policy Briefs:

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Security Sector and Gender Equality
A Security Sector Governance Approach to Women, Peace and Security
Gender, Preventing Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism
Gender and Private Security Regulation

Additionally, a Compendium of International and Regional Laws and Instruments Related to Gender Equality and the Security and Justice Sector will be available online.