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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Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations: Baseline Study

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November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018: The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) recently reported the results of a study commissioned by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) on female police and military peacekeepers. An abstract of the study follows: The proportion of female police and military peacekeepers remains well below UN targets. Research suggests that the main reason behind the small numbers seems to be a variety of challenges and barriers to uniformed women deploying to PKOs. This baseline study compiles and analyses research published to date on the topic.

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India's Women Police Fighting Sexual Harrassment

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October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018: India has a gruesome record on sex crimes, with nearly 40,000 rapes reported every year. But the real figure is thought to be much higher, with victims wary of how their complaints will be dealt with. All-female police units are shaking up the male-dominated force in conservative northwest India, hitting the streets to combat sex crimes and a pervasive culture of silence around rape.

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U.S. Army's Largest Command Gets Its First Female Commander

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October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018: The U.S. Army’s largest command has a new leader — and she’s making history. Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson is the first female Commanding General of the U.S. Army Forces Command.

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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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