Gender in Security Sector Reform

Supporting Advancement of Gender Equality in Security Sector Reform Through Regional Cooperation

Through two of its flagship projects, UNDP/SEESAC supports national authorities in Southeast Europe (SEE) in their efforts to advance gender equality in security sector reform through regional cooperation.

The “Support for Gender Mainstreaming in Policing in South East Europe” project supports the establishment and activities of the Women Police Officers Network in SEE (WPON), a regional advocacy mechanism which brings together nominated high ranking women from 9 police services in South East Europe (Albania, BiH-Federation, BiH-Republika Srpska, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). WPON enables networking, information exchange, provides training for women police officers and actively advocates for gender equality within police services.

UNDP/SEESAC also works closely with Ministries of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in advancing gender equality in defence reform. Through our three-year-long project “Strengthening of Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans” UNDP/SEESAC provides support for: 1) Institutionalisation of MOD Gender Focal Points, 2) Reform of the Human Resource Policy to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Women and 3) Gender Sensitisation Program for the Armed Forces.