[TimorLesteStudies] Poster Boys No More: Gender and Security Sector Reform in Timor-Leste

Sara Niner saraniner at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 14:51:38 EST 2010

*DCAF Policy Paper: Gender and Security Sector Reform in Timor-Leste *

Gender analysis of actual SSR processes is sorely lacking in the SSR
literature. In ‘ *Poster Boys No More: Gender and Security Sector Reform in
Timor-Leste’ *Henri Myrttinen breaks new ground in examining the gender
dimensions of the DDR and SSR processes in Timor-Leste, with a focus on the
establishment of the police and armed forces. The paper explores issues such
as: how men’s roles relate to gang violence and relationships of patronage
that undermine the security services, how women have been incorporated into
the new security services and how the security services are addressing
gender-based violence. It shows how a gender perspective can add to our
understanding of many of the social processes at work in Timor-Leste and
help to find solutions to some of the main security issues in the country,
making recommendations for Timor-Leste’s ongoing SSR processes.

The Policy Paper can be downloaded from the DCAF website at:
* <http://www.dcaf.ch/publications/kms/details.cfm?lng=en&id=111804&nav1=5>
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