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Gender in Security Sector Reform

In a constantly changing security environment, sustaining peace worldwide, protecting human security and human rights cannot be achieved without women’s and men’s equal participation. Since 2009, SEESAC has been supporting governments in South East Europe to integrate a gender perspective in security sector policies and practice, in line with the Women, Peace and Security and Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. SEESAC facilitates regional cooperation among relevant security institutions to strengthen gender equality mechanisms, combat gender-based discrimination, implement evidence-based policies, and strengthen gender-responsive leadership. Since 2012, in the Western Balkans, transformational gender equality processes in the defence systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia were supported by facilitating knowledge exchange through unique regional cooperation platforms focusing on the root causes of gender inequality in the military and improving the implementation of the WPS Agenda.

Latest Gender in Security Sector Reform news

SEESAC Deliveres a Five-day Regional Training of Trainers for Police Officers in the Western Balkans on the Use of Guidelines to Address Risks of Firearms Misuse in Domestic Violence

7 June 2024

SEESAC Deliveres a Five-day Regional Training of Trainers for Police Officers in the Western Balkans on the Use of Guidelines to Address Risks of Firearms Misuse in Domestic Violence

In 2022, SEESAC initiated the development of the Guidelines for police officers for assessing and addressing risks related to firearms misuse in the context of domestic violence. Through a set of practical checklists, the Guidelines aim to support police officers to effectively assess, address, prevent, and reduce risks related to the presence and firearms misuse in domestic violence. ...
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The Ministry of Defense of Montenegro Promotes Results in Implementing UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

6 February 2024

The Ministry of Defense of Montenegro Promotes Results in Implementing UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

The Ministry of Defense of Montenegro (MoD) has published a promotional brochure on the implementation of UNSCR 1325, outlining its achievements through two of the National Action Plans (NAPs), and presenting the Gender equality strategy for 2024-2027. The MoD emphasized in the brochure that the two NAPs have achieved significant success in implementing three key pillars of UNSCR 1325, ...
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SEESAC Regional Project Successfully Strengthens Gender Mainstreaming in Western Balkans' Security Sector Reform – as Confirmed by UNDP Independent Evaluation

25 January 2024

SEESAC Regional Project Successfully Strengthens Gender Mainstreaming in Western Balkans' Security Sector Reform – as Confirmed by UNDP Independent Evaluation

The "Strengthening of Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans" regional project, has made significant steps in bolstering women's participation in the military, strengthening regional cooperation, and combating gender-based discrimination, sexual abuse, and harassment - as highlighted by an independent UNDP evaluation conducted from May to ...
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2023 – Year in Review

10 January 2024

2023 – Year in Review

Throughout 2023, SEESAC continued to support the authorities in South East and East Europe in building effective, accountable, and inclusive security sector institutions. This entailed facilitating regional cooperation processes at the strategic and operational levels, coupled with targeted assistance measures on the ground, thus contributing to confidence-building and a #SaferRegion. ...
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Latest Publications

28.05.2024

Guidelines for Gender-Responsive Firearms License Approval

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22.05.2024

Guidelines for Assessing and Addressing Risks Related to the Firearms Misuse in Domestic Violence

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03.10.2023

Handbook on the Standardization of Gender Training in the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of Montenegro

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09.12.2022

In Focus Armed Violence Monitor on Firearm Incidents in the Context of Domestic Violence in SEE in 2019-2021

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05.12.2022

Integrating the gender perspective into military education and training in the defence system of the Western Balkan countries

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06.06.2022

Contributing to resilience through the integration of gender perspective in the defence sector reform in four countries of the Western Balkans

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