The EU is facing complex and evolving security threats, such as organised crime and terrorism, cyber violence and hybrid threats. This has placed security high on the political agenda. However, security is not gender-neutral. Women and men experience conflict, insecurity and threats differently and the impact of security policies is not equal across different groups.

This policy brief examines the main gender inequalities in the policy area of security:

  • Gender, terrorism and violent extremism.
  • Gender and organised crime.
  • Gender and cybercrime.
  • Under-representation of women in the security sector.
  • Lack of available and reliable sex-disaggregated data.
  • Securitising women’s rights.


Report: Gender and security

EIGE's resources on justice

EIGE's resources on violence

Gender and security on EIGE's Gender Mainstream Platform