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Back Women's Integration into Armed Forces; Sierra Leone
|Division||School of International Graduate Studies|
|Department||Center for Civil-Military Relations|
|Investigator(s)||Hussey, Benjamin T.|
|Sponsor||Naval Education Training Security Assistance Field Activity (Navy)|
This Mobile Education Team (MET) course is funded through International Military Education and Training (IMET) funds as programmed via the Naval Education Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) CCMR MASL for “Women’s Integration in the Armed Forces” is: P309465.
Many countries in Central Africa, including Sierra Leone, face difficult challenges in their path toward the democratization of civil-military relations (i.e., developing security forces (military, police, intelligence) that are both under democratic civilian control and that are effective in addressing national security threats). Of these challenges, developing and implementing gender policies, in particular with regard to women’s integration in the armed forces, remain problematic. In some instances, women are disinclined to join the armed forces, despite existing policies that allow and encourage them to do so. In others, real gender equality in the armed forces remains unaccepted in society or is not taken up by the government. This is a four-day seminar designed to assist officials from Sierra Leone manage these challenges, helping participants understand the real value and unique capabilities that women bring, leading to more inclusive and effective national security forces.
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