Women in Security Institutions

Military, Police and private security companies

We are talking about the position of women in local, national, regional and international security institutions, ranging from the local police force to a multi-national private security firm, through to UN peacekeeping forces comprising personnel from different countries.

What is of concern is the need to build and sustain institutions and mechanisms that meet the challenges of keeping citizens throughout the world safe and secure, and women are a key component to the achievement of this. Women need to be seen as equal partners in the running of organisations working in the realm of peace and security.

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“Women, Peace and Security Conference 2018” Conclusion

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October 4, 2018

October 4, 2018: On March 1st, 2018, the 3rd annual “Women, Peace and Security Conference” took place at the Estonian Ministry of Defence. The main topic of the conference introduced and reviewed the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, its impact on women in conflict, the important role women play in resolving conflicts, peace building, as well as the overall work of women peacekeepers in a global and national security framework.

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U.S. Army Must Revoke Policies Detrimental to Women

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September 3, 2018

September 3, 2018: In a message to members of the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), CEO Lydia C. Watts sets forth current policies creating obstacles to equality for women in the U.S. Armed Services.

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The Afghan Policewomen Taking on the Taliban

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September 3, 2018

March 17, 2014: The face of the Afghan National Police (ANP) is changing. More and more women are being recruited to take on the fight against insurgents when NATO forces withdraw in December this year. Their brief is to do the jobs that men can't – in the segregated, strictly religious world of Afghanistan, women can be searched only by women. The Taliban has exploited this in a string of attacks in which men have dressed as women to conceal weapons or to gain entry.

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$1.7 Trillion Global Spending on Military in 2017: Highest since End of Cold War

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June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018: According to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in total, countries around the world spent $ 1.739 billion on arms in 2017. Although there was a marginal increase of 1.1 percent rise in real terms on 2016, the total global spending in 2017 is the highest since the end of the cold war.

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