Ideas regarding gender indicators for SSR and community security (prevention)

Björn Holmberg
20/01/2017 @ 13:34
by Björn Holmberg

SDC is preparing a new phase of their JSSR programme in Honduras and, aside from working in the capital with the Security Ministry and the National Police, the idea is to work on community security in the south of the country.

One area will be to strengthen the collaboration of the justice and security sector actors in the existing Inter-institutional Commissions on Penal Justice and the other area will be to support the Municipal Security Plans. The latter integrate key local actors in finding and implementing preventive measures in order to decrease violence, crime and homicides.

The country has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, but in the south of the country, the situation is much better and it is opportune to work preventively.

We are now looking at creative ideas for gender indicators for M&E - both related to penal justice and the above mentioned prevention measures. 

Thanks in advance!


Senior SSR and Conflict Sensitivity Adviser, ISSAT

Björn Holmberg
30/01/2017 @ 12:29
by Björn Holmberg

....and of course also Alice!

Björn :-)

Björn Holmberg
30/01/2017 @ 12:26
by Björn Holmberg

Dear Oanh and Eren,

Thanks a lot for your thoughtful replies - very helpful!

Kind regards,


25/01/2017 @ 15:44
by Alice Kielmann

Hi Björn,

We're working on a project related to women's participation in security discussions related to SSR/G processes at the community level in Liberia. Here are some ideas for indicators that we've been using: 

  • Types of formal or informal mechanisms (or alliances) between community leaders and/or CBOs and security actors on gender and SSR
  • Level of understanding of gender and SSR
  • Number of women that take on community leadership roles in their community
  • Quality of instances where community leaders and/or community-based organisations work together on gender and security issues.

I hope that helps.


24/01/2017 @ 16:55
by Oanh-Mai Chung

Dear Björn,

Thank you for your comment. I was on a similar research project in which we looked at the international jurisprudence pertaining to human rights due diligence standards. The cases we most explored focused on GBV. The aim was to find continuity between to different international instruments as well as apply programmatic monitoring and evaluation metrics to reflect evolving norms established in international human rights jurisprudence.

While doing some research on the topic, it had found that the OECD DACs Indicators for Gender Equality was a helpful starting point. It provides a useful database at the bottom with regional Latin American databases. (provided below)

Additionally, I believe BRIDGE has a section focused primarily on gender-based violence resources. Notable article I just glazed over but may be of interest include:

I hope this serves as helpful. Best of luck in Honduras! 

24/01/2017 @ 10:01
by Eren Özalay-Sanli

Dear Björn,

Thank you very much for opening this forum discussion on gender indicators for SSR. We have looked at previous DCAF and ISSAT resources which might be useful to consider at this stage of the discussion. We were reminded that DCAF Gender and Security Division has produced a Gender Self Assessment Guide in 2011 which provides an overview of questions and considerations related to integrating gender into police, armed forces and justice reform efforts. This DCAF publication is available in 6 languages, unfortunately not in Spanish at the moment. 

I hope this document helps and we will make sure to provide references to other sources in response to this forum question as we identify them. 


self_assessment_guide.pdf (3 MB)