Gender and Security Sector Reform: Engendering the Privatization of Security


Yeung, Christina. 2008. “Gender and Security Sector Reform: Engendering the Privatization of Security.” Paper presented at the International Studies Association 49th Annual Convention, San Francisco, March 26-29.

Author: Christina Yeung


The growing privatization of security and violence and its differing effects on men and women is an under-researched area of security sector reform. This paper will examine what international or regional instruments and laws mandate the integration of gender and human rights issues into the privatization of security. It will further provide the context of gender concerns in post-conflict situations, in developing and developed countries. We argue that mainstreaming gender concerns through targeted initiatives will increase operational effectiveness of private security companies and mitigate the negative impacts of these companies in the absence of regulation.

Topics: Gender, Gender Mainstreaming, International Law, International Organizations, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Private Military & Security, Post-Conflict, Privatization, Rights, Human Rights, Security, Security Sector Reform, Violence

Year: 2008

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