Gender and Security Sector Reform

Authored by: Megan Bastick

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Security

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138696211
eBook ISBN: 9781315525099
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315525099-31

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Abstract

Security sector reform, referred to as ‘SSR’, is used to describe efforts to strengthen the effectiveness, accountability, and good governance of the security sector. SSR emerged as a distinct policy agenda through the late 1990s, framing security as a development issue. Feminist critique of SSR is levelled at both failure to implement policy commitments that SSR be gender-responsive – address the different needs of men, women, boys, and girls, and facilitate the participation of women as well as men – and at gender and SSR policy approaches themselves.

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