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Calling for women's inclusion in security sector reform

Women's Participation in the Security Sector Conference

Join in the discussion. What more can be done to increase the pace of change towards a more gender equal security sector in all parts of the world? Help us raise awareness of the issues and how we can influence decision and policy makers, and develop more role models for our younger generation. Please log in to join the community, where you can watch videos from our event, contribute your own story and ideas for change.

Threats to human security range from localised crime to organised conflict to widespread terrorism. Experience tells us that this vital area of human existence cannot be run along gender segregated lines. Women should be equal partners in the protection and security of citizens in all areas as well as being proactive participants in matters of conflict resolution and peace building. It is widely recognised that women’s presence can bring about a better security for society as a whole.

SecurityWomen is an advocacy and research-based non-profit organisation, calling for greater awareness of gender equality issues within the security sector globally. It promotes the inclusion of more women in the security sector - policing, private security, armed forces, cybersecurity and peacekeeping - which globally are overwhelmingly male dominated. The premise being that better security for all parts of society can be created through a better gender balance, and the likelihood of a less violent and conflict-ridden world.

SecurityWomen was established in 2015, gained UK registered Charity status in 2016 and US 501(c)(3) non-profit listing in 2018.

Registered UK Charity Number: 1169486

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About SecurityWomen

Set up in 2015, SecurityWomen is an advocacy organisation for the inclusion of more women in security sector institutions, including the military and police, in countries throughout the world. There exist multiple threats to human security which have the potential to reduce, or stifle an increase, in human well-being, not least political and/or economic in nature, which can develop into full-scale conflict. Human induced threats which affect well-being range from localised crime to organised conflict to widespread terrorism. The vital area of security of human existence cannot be run along gender segregation lines. Women should be equal partners in the protection and security of citizens in all areas, as well as being proactive participants in matters of conflict resolution and peace-building.

Mission

Our aim is to promote the equal inclusion of women in security sector organisations

 

Objectives

  • To conduct an examination of the barriers to women’s progress, from how to attract more women to join the military and police, to how to develop a professional working environment free from gender discrimination, and in which women seek to remain employed.
  • To highlight learning and development practices within the security sector and the use of gender-sensitive training for all.
  • To gather information on women’s role in peacekeeping, and their position in conflict negotiations and efforts in peacebuilding. To seek to evaluate women’s contribution and progress towards equality of representation within UN peacekeeping forces

The purpose of SecurityWomen is to act as an advocacy organisation for the inclusion of more women in security sector institutions, including the military and police forces. SecurityWomen operates on a global basis.

SecurityWomen aims to highlight news items, academic papers, publications and reports on the subject of Women Peace and Security, and to monitor progress in the development of gender equality in security institutions, in particular, the increase of women in decision-making positions and advances towards a 50:50 gender balance.

SecurityWomen recognises that goals in the post 2015 development agenda, which aim to eradicate poverty and prevent environmental degradation, require progress towards a more peaceful world in which gender equality is an essential component. No development can take place where there is conflict. SecurityWomenraises awareness of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 which reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building. National Action Plans (NAPs) are the means to bring about action in this sphere, and SecurityWomen highlights best practice examples in how to develop comprehensive and meaningful NAPs.

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