This project, implemented with our partner Ark, supports Jordan’s national police force to establish a more inclusive and responsive security sector through the provision of a range of capacity building, training and mentoring support to the Public Security Directorate (PSD). The project activities are designed to support the PSD’s existing efforts to institutionalise the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to mainstream gender across its peace and security efforts.
Creating an enabling environment and culture that enhance gender equality is a key goal of Jordan’s National Action Plan to implement UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
In support of this, the PSD’s Gender Mainstreaming Strategy aims to increase women’s participation in the security sector and in peace operations; provide more equitable access to resources, programs, and services; improve practical benefits for women; and progress gender equality.
In a world where women are increasingly used by terrorist organisations as combatants, implementing UNSCR 1325 must necessarily involve enhancing the capacity of female officers to respond to attacks and search female suspects, victims and civilians. It is also important that both male and female officers are able to provide medical support during tactical operations.
Previous iterations of the project made inroads into enhancing this capacity within the PSD. This action therefore builds on these earlier successes.