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The Security Sector and Gender: A survey of the National Police, Civil Protection, the Armed and Security Forces, the Justice system and Penal services of Mali


Veerle Triquet and Lorraine Serrano



This report aims to systematically document the status of gender integration within the security sectors in Mali.

The report is designed to be a resource for people working in, or with, security sector institutions; for those interested in governance and development in Mali; and for those involved in gender-related issues. It combines information gathered by in-country researchers, interviews, document analysis and desk research. Much of the data in this report has never before been published.

The survey is guided by the following two questions: Are security sector institutions providing adequate response to the different security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls? What steps have been taken to create internally equitable, representative and non-discriminatory institutions?

The report contains two main sections: an introduction and key findings for each security sector actor implicated in the study. The introduction provides background on the survey rationale, methodology and research challenges. The summary and findings present easy-to-read yet detailed information structured by the indicators on national governance, police services, civil protection, armed forces and security forces, the justice system and penal services.