Targeted at state and civil society actors, and being largely a capacity building intervention, the Gender Mainstreaming in the Security Sector (GEMASSET) project sought to strengthen knowledge and skills in gender mainstreaming in the security sector; increase policy formulation and realignment capacity for state actors and civil society actors and enhance conflict transformation capabilities of the same. While the training for state actors was exclusive to the police, the gender and SST workshops were aimed at building general awareness and capacity on security sector oversight and policy influence.
The GEMASSET project was implemented under the Capacity Building, Education and Training project Area of the ZPSP and its goal was:
To strengthen the capacity of state and non-state actors to contribute effectively towards a national, gender sensitive SST process.
The project sought to contribute to the achievement of the above goal through the following outcomes:
- Increased capacity of state security actors in identifying gender related needs and issues related to the provision of security for all, as well as, to negotiate for gender-sensitive policies.
- Enhanced capacity of civil society organizations to effectively engage in gender-sensitive SST initiatives.
The project was implemented in Partnership with the following institutions:
- The UN women provided financial support and technical guidance throughout the implementation of the Project
National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
- The University conducted a four-day course on gender mainstreaming in the security sector for state actors.
Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe
- The Women’s Coalition worked as an entry point to identify women’s organisations from their database that are relevant to the SST workshops.
- Gender and SST workshops with civil society actors
- A national gender and SST conference
- Training of state actors on gender mainstreaming in the security sector
- Consultation and dialogue with several state actors and civil society organisations
- A significant increase in level of knowledge on SST:
- 96% of civil society participants indicated that the gender and SST workshops had increased their understanding of the relationship between gender and SST
- 98% of state actors reported that the gender mainstreaming workshop had increased their knowledge on gender mainstreaming and conflict handling
- Creation of space for dialogue on SST-related issues as a result of the workshops
- 85% of civil society actors indicated that they would like to be continuously engaged on SST-related information sharing forums in Zimbabwe
- 94% of the state actors indicated that they would like to be engaged on further information sharing forums related to security sector training.
- Development of a Gender and SST Action Plan by civil society organisations