The Security Sector and Gender in West Africa: A survey of police, defence, justice and penal services in ECOWAS states

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October 9, 2011

The Security Sector and Gender in West Africa: A survey of police, defence, justice and penal services in ECOWAS states

Since 2008, when the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) began working on gender and security sector transformation in West Africa, we have repeatedly been asked for information on gender and security from other countries in the region, such as examples of good practices or gaps that need to be addressed. Equally often, however, that information was not available. Data on gender and security sector institutions (SSIs) in West Africa are both hard to come by and dispersed. This survey represents an attempt to systematically document the status of gender integration within the security sectors in member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Much of the information in this survey report has never before been published or compared with data from  other countries in the region.

This report is designed to be a resource for people working within, or with, SSIs; for those interested in governance and development issues in West Africa; and for those involved with gender-related issues. We hope that the information presented here will assist in future initiatives to build better, more equitable SSIs and to provide security and justice to women, men, girls and boys.

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Author: 
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
Editor: 
Miranda Gaanderse and Kristin Valasek
Publication year: 
2011