Aiko Holvikivi

Policy and Research Papers

Mapping Study on Gender and Security Sector Reform Actors and Activities in Liberia

DCAF conducted a mapping study on Gender and Security Sector Reform Actors and Activities in Liberia from November 2010 to March 2011. The mapping study was undertaken by an independent consultant, Mr Cecil Griffiths from the Liberian National Law Enforcement Association (LINLEA). This research was made possible thanks to the cooperation of most gender and SSR actors in Liberia including the Ministry of Gender and Development (MoGD), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Civil Society Organization Working Group on Security Sector Reform.

This project aimed to complement existing information on gender and SSR issues in Liberia and to reinforce information-sharing and coordination between actors.

On 31 March 2011, LINLEA and DCAF organised a workshop in Monrovia to complete and validate the findings of the study. In addition to validating the findings of the study, the participants made key recommendations related to gender and training, policy development, programmes and activities. The report was launched in Monrovia on 23 September 2011.

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The WPS Agenda and the 'Refugee Crisis': Missing Connections and Missed Opportunities in Europe

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has successfully constructed the figure of the conflict-affected woman as a subject worthy of attention, inclusion and protection on the part of the international community. This concern is especially palpable when she is physically present in a conflict zone. As the conflict-affected woman flees and seeks safety and security in Europe, however, she moves to the periphery of the area of concern of WPS policies and discourses. This working paper demonstrates that forcibly displaced persons skirt the margins of the WPS agenda.

For full access to The WPS Agenda and the 'Refugee Crisis': Missing Connections and Missed Opportunities in Europe, kindly follow the link.

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Teaching Gender in the Military: a Handbook

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DCAF, on behalf of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC) Security Sector Reform Working Group and in collaboration with the Education Development Working Group, launched a new publication entitled "Teaching Gender in the Military".

The handbook aims to

(a) strengthen the ability of faculty to integrate gender in professional military education and

(b) improve the capacity of gender experts to deliver educational content.

 In other words, it covers both ‘what to teach’ and ‘how to teach’ when it comes to gender and the military.

This handbook is a product of the Security Sector Reform Working Group of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC), which is co-chaired by DCAF (the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces). The Handbook addresses the call to integrate gender in military education and training articulated in the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; the NATO frameworks to implement these resolutions; and national policies and initiatives in the NATO-PfP area.

It documents the knowledge outcomes of a series of four workshops on teaching gender in the military organised by the Security Sector Reform and Education Development Working Groups of the PfPC. These workshops were held over the course of two years and focused on the methodology of teaching gender to the military, designing sample lesson plans, integrating gender in the curriculum and evaluation, coaching and mentoring.

It was officially launched at NATO Headquarters in Brussels during the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives in June this year. The launch was kindly hosted by the Swiss Mission to NATO.

To access Teaching Gender in the Military: a Handbook kindly follow the link.

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Other Documents

Designing Sample Gender Lessons - Second Workshop on Teaching Gender to the Military - After Action Report

DCAF co-organised a joint workshop entitled “Designing Sample Gender Lessons - Second Workshop on Teaching Gender to the Military” on behalf of the PfPC working group on SSR in collaboration with the education development working group and in partnership with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in December 2012. This event was a follow-up to the SSR working group’s previous workshop on teaching gender to the military, this time focusing on integrating educational best practices into the development of sample lesson plans for teaching gender to the military. The workshop brought together twenty experts on military education, gender training for the military and integrating gender in military operations, consolidating DCAF’s ongoing engagement in capacity building with NATO staff on gender and SSR.

The After Action Report contains a summary of the workshop sessions, three sample lesson plans for teaching gender to the military, a list of best practices for teaching gender to the military, a checklist for gender curriculum review and a list of online resources.

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