Thomas Guerber
Director, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
Thomas Guerber

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.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • Institutionalize capacity building on gender equality for all staff at every level which will ensure a better integration of gender equality throughout DCAF's work.

  • Consolidating recent institutional reforms and the adoption of new Rules and Regulations, a Code of Ethics and a Personal Integrity Policy, all DCAF staff is being sensitised to these policies and guidelines, ensuring full respect for and promotion of gender equality, diversity, the protection of everyone’s personal integrity and a healthy work life balance for all staff, men and women alike.