In the devastating and long-lasting Liberian civil war, which ended in 2003, women participated in every stage of the conflict, as combatants, supporters, wives, cooks, peace builders, and political actors. Numbers differ, but according to some estimates women comprised between 30 and 40 per cent of the total number of Liberian combatants. Perceived as crucial parts of all peace keeping missions, programmes for the demobilization, demilitarization and reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants was set up after the war. The official Liberian DDR policies were progressive and quested for a gender-mainstreamed programme through references to UNSC Resolution 1325, article 13, on women in the DDR processes. Yet, despite an intention to ensure women’s participation and address their special needs, the literature and reports on the subject is unanimous in concluding that this was not adequately translated into action on the ground. Through the theoretical approach of implementation theory, and taking support in the so-called “securitzation argument”, this thesis intend to explain why there was a gap between the policy prescription and the action on the ground.