This DCAF self-assessment guide is a tool for assessing the gender responsiveness of a security sector institution. While it can be used by other security sector institutions, it is particularly designed for use by police services, armed forces and justice sector institutions. A gender-responsive security sector institution is one that both meets the distinct and different security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls and promotes the full and equal participation of men and women.
This guide leads you through an eight-stage process to conduct an assessment of your institution, create an action plan to move your organisation forward, and monitor and evaluate the plan’s implementation.
1. Consider benefits and risks
2. Obtain the proper authorisation
3. Organise the work
4. Tailor the self-assessment process
5. Collect the information
6. Analyse and report on findings
7. Develop a gender action plan
8. Monitor, evaluate and adjust
At the beginning of a process to transform into a more gender-responsive security sector institution, or – if steps have already been taken towards this goal – at any point, to assess progress, challenges and opportunities.
The self-assessment and action planning is likely to take four to six months.
To carry out the assessment, your organisation brings together a working group, which would be led by your gender focal point (if you have one), equality officer or someone else.
The working group uses techniques such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups and document review to collect information on 16 dimensions of gender responsiveness. These 16 dimensions are grouped by subject area into six themes.
A) Performance effectiveness
B) Laws, policies and planning
C) Community relations
D) Accountability and oversight
F) Institutional culture
After going through this assessment process you will have: