A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform Training Curriculum
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What is the Security Sector Reform Training Curriculum?
This training curriculum builds the knowledge and skills of women from civil society to participate in security sector reform and advocacy. It’s a companion to A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform, published in 2013 by DCAF and Inclusive Security. The goal of this curriculum is to support and empower women to participate in dialogue and decision-making to create a security sector that is more effective and accountable.
Concepts addressed in the curriculum include security, the security sector, security sector reform, gender and gender equality, and the links between them. Also covered are skills for planning, research, building coalitions, developing recommendations, and advocacy around the security sector, as well as monitoring and evaluating those efforts.
Who is it For?
This curriculum is for experienced facilitators and trainers who design workshops and trainings for women (including those in the security sector) and civil society organizations.
Using the Curriculum
The training curriculum includes 17 modules that each takes one to four hours:
- Introduction to the Curriculum
- MODULE 1 – Welcome and Introductions
- MODULE 2 – What are Security and the Security Sector?
- MODULE 3 – What are Gender and Gender Equality?
- MODULE 4 – Mapping Gendered Security and Justice Needs
- MODULE 5 – What is Security Sector Reform?
- MODULE 6 – What Roles Does Civil Society Play in Security Sector Reform?
- MODULE 7 – Why is it Important that Security Sector Reform Address Gender Equality and Involve Women?
- MODULE 8 – Supporting Women Working within Security Sector Institutions
- MODULE 9 – Using International and National Laws to Advocate on Gender and Security Sector Reform
- MODULE 10 – Introduction to Advocacy
- MODULE 11 – Researching Security Issues
- MODULE 12 – Building and Maintaining Coalitions to Influence Security Sector Reform
- MODULE 13 – Planning for Action
- MODULE 14 – Developing Recommendations for Security Sector
- MODULE 15 – Delivering Your Advocacy Message and Following Up
- MODULE 16 – Monitoring and Measuring Success
- MODULE 17 – Wrap Up, Evaluation and Next Steps
One of the core elements of Inclusive Security’s programming has been to build the capacity of civil society and government actors to meaningfully affect the outcomes of peace processes.