Police Reform and Gender

Authored by: Tara Denham

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Security Sector Reform (SSR), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2008
Citation: Denham, Tara. “Police Reform and Gender.” Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit. Eds. Megan Bastick and Kristin Valasek. Geneva: DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN-INSTRAW, 2008.

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Executive Summary

The following tool on police reform and gender focuses on the importance of strengthening the ability of the police to understand and address the different security needs of the entire population (including men, women, boys and girls, from all walks of life) and creating non-discriminatory and representative police institutions. This compiled information is based on international research and field experience and discusses internal issues (institutional culture) and external issues (policies and procedures for addressing crime) in police reform.