Gender in Operation Seminar
12 Dec 2014
10-11 December, JFC
Brunssum hosted its first Gender in Operations Seminar, in cooperation
with the Nordic Centre of Gender in Military Operations (NCGM).
The seminar aim was to raise awareness and understanding of the
impact of conflict on men, women, boys and girls from a gender
perspective; the practical implementation of UNSCR 1325 Women, Peace and
Security was also a central theme. Directed towards senior leaders and
gender focal points, the seminar provided a platform to highlight how
careful consideration a gender perspective can increase operational
effect and has the potential to contribute to mission success.
The Nordic Centre of Gender in Military Operations (NCGM), NATO’s
Department Head concerning Gender, delivered a tailored version of their
Key Leader Seminar curriculum, providing lectures and introducing
topics for discussion. The NCGM was supported by two subject matter
experts from the Swedish Special Operations Forces with a background on
practical experience through their deployment in Afghanistan.
Discussion themes included: the need to address Conflict-Related Sexual
Violence; the Operational understanding of gender and its potential
mission impact; and the importance of integrating a gender perspective
in the planning, assessment, monitoring, reporting and training
NATO is committed to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325
and a gender perspective policy throughout the organization. This is an
ongoing process that has the potential to significantly impact NATO
operations in a positive way.
Commander Jan Dunmurray, Commanding Officer NCGM, stated:
"In hosting this first ‘Gender in Operations Seminar’ at the operational
level of military command, JFC Brunssum has taken a leading role in
recognising and promoting the importance of gender issues in
operations. This clearly demonstrates senior leadership commitment. I
see this seminar as a role model to be replicated at other NATO