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Launch Meeting of the Gender Equality Platform for Border Security and Management

Category
Event
Date(s)
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Subject
Border security and management

Description

The first activity of the project "Women Leadership and Empowerment Initiative for Border Security and Management Agencies," which aims at enhancing the capacities of the OSCE participating States border security and management agencies by developing sustainable mechanisms to promote gender mainstreaming on all levels in the border security and management services.

Summary

The launch of the Gender Equality Platform for Border Security and Management (GEBSM Platform) provides the members of the Platform with the opportunity to:

  • Analyze the situation with gender mainstreaming in border security and management;
  • Learn and establish contacts with the other projects/initiatives designed to contribute to empowering women in security sector;
  • Brainstorm on the nexus between gender mainstreaming and good governance in border security and management;
  • Define and discuss the challenges in integrating gender in border security and management;
  • Share the best practices and lessons learnt in integrating gender in border security and management;
  • Discuss and identify best practices in integrating gender mainstreaming in education and training;
  • In light of the current migration crisis, devote a session to exploring the gender factor in response to the current migration crisis.

Border and border related agencies face enormous challenges recruiting qualified candidates, yet traditional strategies for recruitment frequently overlook an entire pool of potential applicants – women. Women are currently highly underrepresented within the border guard/police, customs and immigration services.

Being severely under-represented, female staff may be subject to unfair discrimination practices. The respective services may pay little attention to their family related interests and fail to provide flexible working hours, child care facilities or additional opportunities in terms of education to allow women to catch up with men after maternity leave. Female staff still face many obstacles and problematic situations, and they often lack the necessary role models or mentors to help them move up the ranks. Many never take promotional exams, giving first priority to family or personal relationships. Many decide in favour of not taking challenging promotions due to worse conditions of service and/or living conditions for their families. In families where both spouses are the employees of either the same or adjacent border security and management agencies it is typically the woman who gives up their career development opportunities in favour of the male spouse.

To promote and develop concrete and practical ways to empower the female staff of border security and management services by examining practices and policies already proved successful in the OSCE region and beyond, the OSCE launched the project entitled: “Women Leadership and Empowerment Initiative for Border Security and Management Agencies." The project supports the implementation of the following results:

  • Launch the OSCE wide platform in support of gender equality in border security and management;
  • Develop an on-line training on gender mainstreaming in border security and management;
  • Country visits of high level “good will ambassadors” to conduct high level meetings on gender mainstreaming with the leadership of the national border security and management services.

Information

Added on
12 Apr 2016
Origin
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Action against Terrorism Unit
Type
Meeting
Venue description

Helsinki, Finland

Organizer
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit
Participants
Delegations, Experts, Government officials, Humanitarian organizations
Keywords
gender issues, women's empowerment
Rights
OSCE