Women in the Police Means a Better Response to Community Needs

by Bojana Balon, Programme ManagerHaving more women police officers is essential if law enforcement agencies are serious about combating sexual and gender based violence. This interrelationship has long been established (see: Progress ...

Life-saving action: Collecting and destroying guns in Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Djordje Milosevic, SEESAC intern @djordje_fpn In late March, UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina organized consultations about a possible campaign for the collection and destruction of illegal weapons and unexploded ordnance. Representatives ...

How to Destroy 17,000 Weapons in an Hour?

by Djordje Milosevic, SEESAC intern @djordje_fpn Every passing minute another person in the world is killed by a gunshot. Civilians now possess 30 percent more guns than passenger vehicles. What if we started destroying them? Oh wait, we ...

Guns in Serbia: Where are the numbers coming from?

by Djordje Milosevic, SEESAC intern Is Serbia one of the most heavily armed nations in the world? How would you check that? Where would you look for the data? Recently, the Serbian daily newspaper “Vecernje Novosti” published “Serbians are ...

How an Infographic made Arms Trade more Transparent!

by Iva Savic, Communications Officer Weapons fuel conflict. Hence, preventing or at least controlling their flow significantly contributes to international peace and security. In order to do this, we needed data which would help track ...

First Guidelines for Gender Sensitive Policing in South East Europe

by Bojana Balon, WPON Project Officer; Danijela Djurovic, Project Officer/Advisor; and Iva Savic, Communications Officer The Women Police Officers Network in South East Europe with the support of UNDP/SEESAC launched Guidelines for ...

When the Swedish Armed Forces have Designs on Gender Equality

by Danijela Djurovic, Project Officer/Advisor Question: How do you know when gender equality is truly embedded in your country’s armed forces? Answer: When a high-ranking male officer serves coffee to a delegation at an official meeting. ...

Women in the police: challenging stereotypes

by Danijela Djurovic, Project Officer/Advisor This summer, we organized three seminars on gender equality in the security sector, at the request of the Ministry of Interior. Part of the work of the Women Police Officer’s Network, the seminars ...

How can we keep women in the police?

by Ivan Zverzhanovski, UNDP/SEESAC Team Leader More women are represented in the security sector in the Balkans than ever before. The numbers of women in the police are increasing. In the past few years, the star performers in the region include ...

Minimizing the Threat of Small Arms in the Western Balkans

by Ivan Zverzhanovski, SEESAC Coordinator What do the places like Sevelievo (Bulgaria), Padjane (Croatia) and Evangelos - Florakis, (Cyprus) have in common? They are among the many ammunition storage sites where an accident took place ...