Institute for Inclusive Security

The Institute for Inclusive Security uses research, training and advocacy to promote the inclusion of all stakeholders, particularly women, in peace processes. We work with a global network of well over 1,000 women leaders from more than 40 conflict regions. Our research gives policymakers new strategies to drive inclusion by examining tangible contributions of women peace builders. Our training provides leaders the specialized skills and knowledge to direct local, national, and international peacebuilding. Our advocacy to high-level policymakers promotes change that makes peace processes more broad-based, and thus sustainable.

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A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform Training Curriculum

This 2017 training curriculum builds the knowledge and skills of women from civil society to participate in security sector reform and advocacy. It’s a companion to A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform, published in 2013 by DCAF and Inclusive Security. The goal of this curriculum is to support and empower women to participate in dialogue and decision-making to create a security sector that is more effective and accountable. 

Concepts addressed in the curriculum include security, the security sector, security sector reform, gender and gender equality, and the links between them. Also covered are skills for planning, research, building coalitions, developing recommendations, and advocacy around the security sector, as well as monitoring and evaluating those efforts.

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A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform

A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform seeks to encourage and empower women to take part in shaping and transforming the security sector in their communities and countries.

The Women’s Guide provides both information on the security sector and tools for action. It draws on the rich and varied experiences of women in civil society from across the world and shares examples of practical, and sometimes innovative, ways to influence reform from the grassroots.

The Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform includes three sections:

  • Section 1:Understanding Security

Introduces key concepts in security, explaining SSR, and discusses why women’s contributions in civil society are vital to transforming the security sector.

  • Section 2:Get Involved

Outlines concrete ways in which women’s organisations can engage and influence reform: how to research security issues, form coalitions, plan strategically, develop recommendations, advocate and engage directly.

  • Section 3:Tools for Action

Presents an array of practical activities and tools for women’s organisations to take action, including activities to identify local security needs, sample letters to security officials, talking points for meetings with policymakers and media and definitions of security jargon.



Leymah Gbowee (Liberia)- Engaging the Biggest Players, Security Sector Reform

At a meeting with the staff of the Institute for Inclusive Security in Cambridge, MA in April 2011, Leymah Gbowee discussed how she used her experiences as a leader of the peace movement in Liberia to enhance her current role as a leader of West African security sector reform movements. This work has lead to her being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. To learn more about Leymah Gbowee and the Institute's work in Security Sector reform please visit