Guide to Integrating Gender into SSR Training
Security sector reform (SSR) is increasingly prioritised by governments, and by international development, peace and security communities. SSR - which aims to create a secure environment that is conducive to development, poverty reduction, good governance and the growth of democratic states and institutions based on the rule of law - opens a window of possibility to transform security policies, institutions and programmes, creating opportunities to ensure they integrate gender issues. The integration of gender issues is being recognised as a key to operational effectiveness, local ownership and a clearer picture of what is needed in policy and practice. For example, increasing the recruitment of female staff, preventing human rights violations, and collaborating with women's organisations contribute to creating an efficient, accountable and participatory security sector, which responds to the specific needs of men, women, girls and boys.
This Guide is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender into SSR training (relating to police reform, penal reform, security sector governance, border management, defence reform, justice reform, national security policy-making, etc), and to deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences. It contains exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that can be used in SSR training, and provides tips on integrating gender into the entire SSR training cycle?from conducting a training needs assessment to monitoring and evaluation. For the training needs assessment it includes key questions, such as 'Have you worked on gender or women's issues related to SSR? Have you had training on gender issues? If yes, what was the exact topic of the training?' It also suggests asking about participants' opinions and level of knowledge. It provides statements such as 'I think gender is relevant to SSR', and asks participants if they agree or disagree on a scale of 1-5.
Gender and Security Sector Reform Training Resource Package