Engaging Women in the Security Sector: Toward A More Holistic Approach to Peacebuilding

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 19:00
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Reconstruction and Peacebuilding
United States Institute of Peace

What specific and unique contributions do women make throughout the security sector? How can military, police, and policy communities enable their participation? How can troops not only protect women from sexual and other violence, but acknowledge and engage them as critical resources to fulfilling mission mandates? A panel will discuss these questions as well as potential human rights-based arguments to convince local partners of the importance of including a gender lens to security efforts. Speakers: Jacqueline O'Neill (The Institute for Inclusive Security), Major General (ret) Patrick Cammaert (Former Commander, UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo), Scott Carlson (Rule of Law Advisor, United States Institute of Peace), Nadia Gerspacher (Program Officer, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace