A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform

Posted by Megan Bastick and Tobie Whitman on February 13, 2013

Despite a range of international laws and policies mandating women’s participation in security sector reform (SSR), women’s experiences are often discounted or overlooked. Women in civil society can also find themselves outside of discussions about security because they are not sure how they can engage. To address this gap, The Institute for Inclusive Security and […]

Attention to Gender Increases Security in Operations: Examples from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Posted by Tobie Whitman and Jacqueline O'Neill on April 1, 2012

Empirical evidence shows that security actors are more likely to accomplish their mission when they take into account the differing needs and perspectives of men and women. For example, in a variety of studies of stabilization and peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kosovo, Liberia, and Timor Leste, gender equality is […]

Allies and Assets: Strengthening DDR and SSR Through Women’s Inclusion

Posted by Jacqueline O'Neill and Jarad Vary on January 1, 2011

This chapter in Monopoly of Force: The Nexus of DDR and SSR examines the challenges stemming from a lack of women’s inclusion in peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction. Explaining why and how women have traditionally been excluded from negotiations, disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR), and security sector reform (SSR), O’Neill and Vary highlight the main […]

Joint Protection Teams: A Model for Enhancing Civilian Security

Posted by Tobie Whitman on November 1, 2010

Joint Protection Teams (JPTs) are a promising model for advancing protection efforts by peacekeepers currently being used by the UN in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By promoting contact between peacekeepers and the local community, bringing civilian expertise to inaccessible areas, and increasing the number of women involved in protection efforts, JPTs are an […]

Negotiating the Transition to Democracy and Reforming the Security Sector: The Vital Contributions of South African Women

Posted by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini with contributions by Camille Pampell Conaway on August 10, 2004

In October 2000, for the first time in its history, the UN Security Council acknowledged that women have a key role in promoting international stability by passing Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. It called on all parties to ensure women’s participation in peace processes, from the prevention of conflict to negotiations and postwar […]

Adding Value: Women’s Contributions to Reintegration and Reconstruction in El Salvador

Posted by Camille Pampell Conaway and Salome Martinez on January 1, 2004

Nearly 4,500 women, recognized as members of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), participated in El Salvador’s demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration (DDR) program following the 1992 ceasefire. Women contributed in a variety of ways to the program’s success. For example, women leaders from the FMLN ensured that women received the land they were granted […]

From Combat to Community: Women and Girls of Sierra Leone

Posted by Dyan Mazurana and Khristopher Carlson on January 1, 2004

Women and girls fought on both sides of Sierra Leone’s civil war. Although large numbers of women said they were gang-pressed into performing support functions for armed groups, many also fought or received weapons training. Sierra Leone’s national disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) program frequently excluded women and girls. Many female ex-combatants, however, returned to […]

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