The Toolkit is an initial response to the need for information and analysis on gender and security sector reform, and to the lack of resources on this important topic. It aims to set out why gender is important to SSR processes, beeing yet another example of Norway’s commitment to gender issues.
The Toolkit is designed to provide practical guidance for SSR policymakers, practitioners and researchers, in national governments, security sector institutions, international and regional organizations and civil society organizations on how to integrate gender issues into SSR as a means of improving operational effectiveness, local ownership, and strengthened oversight.
12 Tools with Practice Notes is included in the Toolkit, covering a wide specter of topics, from Justice Reform to Border Management, among others. It was developed in order to increase the knowledge, capacities and exchange regarding the gender aspects of SSR amongst security sector reform policymakers, practitioners and researchers.
The Toolkit is developed by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), UN INSTRAW, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).