Justice and Security Sector Reform
Security Sector Reform aims to enhance security mechanisms of States and transform security institutions into more professional, efficient, and accountable forces to increase a country’s ability to meet the range of communities’ security needs in a way that fully respects international law and human rights law. Although previously involved in SSR, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2151 (2014), the first stand-alone resolution on security sector reform, which emphasized “the centrality of national ownership for security sector reform processes, recognizing the need to consider host country perspectives in the formulation of peacekeeping and special political mandates,” in April 2014.
Engendering national ownership, the NGOWG WPS commits to raise the recruitment, retention, and professionalization of women across the security sector to ensure reforms are gender-sensitive and effective at an operational level. The NGOWG WPS calls upon the Security Council to include and provide formal consultations with women and women’s civil society organizations in the design and implementation of SSR. In implementation, SSR should consider gender as a cross cutting issue and provide gender training for all security personnel.