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Training Resources on Defence Reform and Gender

1 January, 2009



A gender-responsive defence reform process seeks to:

  • respond to the different security needs of women and men, boys and girls
  • create capacity to address gender issues, including gender-based violence, in operations
  • achieve the full integration of women in the armed forces, defence ministries and defence oversight bodies
  • end any discrimination or human rights violations by armed forces personnel
  • strengthen relations between the armed forces and civil society
  • comply with international and regional laws, instruments and norms concerning security and gender, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820


Megan Bastick, Kristin Valasek