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Training Resources on Security Sector Reform and Gender

1 January, 2009



A gender-responsive SSR process seeks to:

  • address the different security needs and priorities of women and men
  • confront gender-based violence against men and women, boys and girls
  • promote the equal participation of men and women in decision-making within the security sector
  • create security sector institutions that are representative of society at large €and thus are more trusted and effective
  • ensure comprehensive and effective security sector oversight
  • establish SSR that is locally-owned and sensitive to the needs of all parts of the community
  • comply with international and regional laws, instruments and norms concerning security and gender, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820


Megan Bastick, Kristin Valasek