DCAF and ISIS Europe launch the 'Gender and Security Sector Reform (SSR) Toolkit', a comprehensive resource to enhance SSR planning and SSR implementation.
Developed by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), in partnership with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR) and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) and with wide consultation, the Toolkit provides concrete examples, checklists, training advice and other practical information to integrate gender issues into 12 different practice areas across the security sector. It is a key resource for EU SSR programming.
Security Sector Reform and the EU
Ineffective and discriminatory security sector institutions are recognised as undermining the EU's efforts to reduce insecurity and eradicate poverty. The European Security Strategy identifies SSR as a key priority.
The EU carries out SSR through its EU Policy Framework for SSR. Following the November 2007 Council Conclusions, SSR is highlighted across EU policy, and is an important element of current and recent ESDP missions in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau, Iraq and Kosovo. The increasing links between EU work on humanitarian aid, security and development underscore the need for efficient and sustainable SSR processes.
The principles guiding EC support for SSR state that an SSR process should be based on a gender-sensitive, multi-sector approach. Similarly, the November 2006 Council Conclusions clearly emphasise the need for full integration of a gender perspective in EU policies and activities on SSR, including all ESDP missions and operations.
The Gender SSR Toolkit is designed for the staff of regional and international organisations, national governments (including in donor countries) and security sector institutions responsible for the development of SSR policy and programming. The Toolkit:
- Sets out why gender is important to SSR processes
- Presentsa practical strategies to integrate gender into SSR
- Suggests gender-responsive policy approaches
- Provides material from which to develop training in gender and SRR issues
- Compiles international laws and standards on gender relevant to SSR
Dr Riina Kionka, Personal Representative of the SG/HR of the EU for Human Rights
Theodora Krumova, EUPT Kosovo Gender Advisor
Mika-Markus Leinonen, Director DG E IX - Civilian Crisis Management, Council of the European Union
Inger Buxton, Crisis Management and Conflict Prevention, European Commission
Information on the Brussels launch: Giji Gya, ISIS Europe Brussels, +32 2 230 7446
Information on the Toolkit: Anja Ebnother, DCAF Geneva, +41 22 741 77 00
The Toolkit can be accessed through: www.dcaf.ch/gssrtoolkit