Over the years, DCAF has gathered plenty of evidence which shows that the inclusion of the principles of gender equality into the security sectors of partner countries is crucially important for increasing operational effectiveness, enhancing local ownership and strengthening oversight. Conversely, discrimination because of gender identity or gender expression has a negative impact on the security sector. It is also unacceptable from a human rights perspective which is why we at DCAF will never tolerate it, neither in our programmatic work, nor as part of our organizational culture.
Throughout 2020, I and DCAF colleagues will take every relevant opportunity to contribute to, promote and learn from the continued policy and practice developments of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, in celebration of the 120th anniversary of UNSCR 1325.
Ensure more systematic gender mainstreaming throughout DCAF’s work by adjusting internal policies, mechanisms and processes, by strengthening the use of existing gender mainstreaming tools and through continuous training on gender equality for all staff.