Civil Society Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender (Tool 9)

This tool is designed to be a resource for civil society organisations (CSOs) engaged in oversight of the security sector, as well as those CSOs that seek to play a more active role in this regard.

The tool is also relevant for policymakers and officials in national governments, international and regional organisations, and donor countries around the world that are engaged in designing and implementing security sector reforms and that could play an active role in strengthening and supporting civil society engagement.

The tool includes:

- A description of the role of civil society in oversight mechanisms
- The rationale behind the inclusion of gender issues and ways in which this can strengthen and enhance oversight
- Entry points for incorporating gender into different aspects of civil society oversight, including practical tips and examples
- An overview of integrating gender into civil society oversight in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed countries

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

For a 4-page introduction to Civil Society Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender, see the Practice Note 9.

For French, Russian, Arabic, Montenegrin, and Indonesian translations, click here.

DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN-INSTRAW 2008