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Policy Brief Guidance: Gender and Private Security Regulation (DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR and UN Women)

Developed by DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR and UN Women, the Policy Brief supports States in integrating a gender perspective in the regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs). It provides guidance for national legislation, contracting and procurement policies, as well as certification, oversight and accountability frameworks for PMSCs.

The Policy Brief:

  • outlines what PMSCs are and the role of States in their regulation

  • explains why a gender perspective is needed for effective regulation of PMSCs

  • presents a range of priorities and entry points for States to integrate a gender perspective in regulation of PMSCs.

The Policy Brief is also useful for civil society actors monitoring the impacts of PMSCs’ operations, including human rights defenders and groups working to achieve the goals of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Moreover, this Policy Brief can be used by PMSCs themselves to check and improve their policies and procedures related to gender equality.

This Policy Brief is part of the Gender and Security Toolkit.