Gender and the Security Sector: Towards a More Secure Future

Authored by: Julie L. Arostegui

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Peacekeeping, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Region: No Region
Year: 2015
Citation: Arostegui, Julie L. "Gender and the Security Sector: Towards a More Secure Future." Connections 14, no. 3 (2015): 7-30.

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Executive Summary

A security sector that is based in human security takes into account the differing needs of men, women, boys, and girls, and ensures that the full and equal participation of women addresses the needs of all of the population and helps to establish a more peaceful and secure society. Integrating a gender perspective into the security sector is essential: 1) to abide by universally accepted human rights principles; 2) because when both men and women are involved in decision-making processes, there are better outcomes; and 3) using gender perspectives and mainstreaming increases operational effectiveness.