Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions

Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions
  • How can ombuds institutions and NHRIs build their own institutional capacity to address gender issues in the security sector?
  • How can ombuds institutions and NHRIs ensure that they are accessible to men and women in the security sector and handle their complaints in a gender-responsive manner?
  • How can ombuds institutions and NHRIs proactively investigate gender-related problems in the security sector?

This guidance note on Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions, developed by DCAF,OSCE/ODIHR and the OSCE Gender Section  is a practical resource for ombuds institutions and NHRIs, and those who support them. It can help an ombuds institution or NHRI engage more effectively with police, militaries and other security sector institutions to monitor and reinforce how the human rights of men and women working there are upheld.  It can strengthen oversight of how well police and others meet the needs of communities.

Designed as a complement to the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR , UN-INSTRAW Tools on Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender and Civil Society Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender, and DCAF’s Gender Self Assessment Guide, the guidance note contains checklists, examples of good practice from across the OSCE, and a self assessment table.

Associated guidance notes are available on: Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces and Integrating Gender into Internal Police Oversight.