Mainstreaming Gender Sensitive Police Reform

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What is gender’s current place in security sector reform (SSR)? Is the inclusion of women in SSR sufficient? Is there a more nuanced approach to transformative security sector reform with regards to gender?

The above questions are a part of an emerging discourse that attempts to reconsider past practices that have fallen short SSR’s objectives. One part of the conversation directs itself towards inclusive consideration for gender in SSR, defined by scholars as gender security sector reform (GSSR). While important strides have been made in GSSR involving inclusion of females in decision-making and discourse on sexual-based violence, it remains incomplete and, at times, detrimental to both gender and sustainable SSR initiatives. This article outlines some of these issues, and introduces the sub-field of gender sensitive police reform (GSPR) as a transformative approach to radically reconsidering how gender relates to SSR. The following paragraphs will explore examples of GSPR, seen in India’s and Liberia’s Female Formed Police Units (FFPUs), as well as Haiti’s National Police force. It introduces the concept of ‘gender-mainstreaming’ as a key alternative to one-dimensional quotas in ‘gender-balancing’, thus promoting a novel reconsideration of the relationship between gender and security reform.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputText
PublisherCentre for Security Governance
Publication statusPublished - 05 Dec 2016


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