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Freedom through Association: Assessing the Contribution of Female Police Staff Associations to Gender-Sensitive Police Reform in West Africa

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Freedom through Association: Assessing the Contribution of Female Police Staff Associations to Gender-Sensitive Police Reform in West Africa

Published: April 23, 2012

Do women’s police associations in fragile situations help or hinder the police reform process? NSI’s gender and police reform work examines how integrating women into reform processes can make security institutions more representative, more democratic and more effective.

Earlier NSI research on women and policing suggests that female police staff associations have the potential to be important agents of positive change in the security sector. This new research investigates whether women’s staff associations support gender-sensitive police reform. The project focuses on police staff associations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Author: Jenny Becker with Caroline Bowah Brown, Aisha Fofana Ibrahim and Akosua Kuranchie

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