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Training Resources on Defence Reform and Gender



Megan Bastick, Kristin Valasek



A gender-responsive defence reform process seeks to:

  • respond to the different security needs of women and men, boys and girls
  • create capacity to address gender issues, including gender-based violence, in operations
  • achieve the full integration of women in the armed forces, defence ministries and defence oversight bodies
  • end any discrimination or human rights violations by armed forces personnel
  • strengthen relations between the armed forces and civil society
  • comply with international and regional laws, instruments and norms concerning security and gender, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820