‘A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform’ Launches in Palestine
Earlier this month, Inclusive Security and the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) held the official Arabic launch of A Women’s Guide To Security Sector Reform at the Institute of Modern Media in Ramallah. About 35 guests from Palestinian civil society, the security forces, government, and academia attended the event.
Four speakers from a spectrum of civil society and government institutions, both local and international:
- Lt. Col. Hala Bledi, Head of Gender Advisory Committee, Ministry of Interior
- Fatema Radayda, General Manager, Gender department, Ministry for Women Affairs
- Fadi Touma, Project Officer, DCAF-Ramallah
- Kristin Williams, Senior Writer and Program Officer, The Institute for Inclusive Security
Moderated by: Lucy Nusseibeh, Director, Institute of Modern Media (and Women Waging Peace Network member)
Women have different experiences than men, especially in insecure environments. It’s therefore necessary to incorporate their perspectives and priorities into the way that the security sector operates—both through their participation as police and military officers and by opening channels for women in civil society to share their expertise with these institutions. Palestinian women make up less than 5% of the local security forces, but women in government and civil society are pushing through various gender mainstreaming initiatives to ensure that women and men’s rights and wellbeing are protected. A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform offers concrete tools for women from all communities to have their voices heard in these conversations.
Read the Arabic version of the Women’s Guide here.
Additional resources on women in the security sector:
- Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Policewomen Around the World (slideshow)
- POLICY BRIEF: The Role of Pakistani Policewomen in Countering Violent Extremism
- Congress Finally Delivers for Women in the Afghan National Security Forces
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