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20TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNSCR 1325

Brunssum, the Netherlands – Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS) today hosted a number of events, focused around the topic of women’s rights and representation in the security sector, to mark the 20 th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). NATO has always been committed to sharing the integrity and values of its member states and this includes the desire to see more progress made on the topic of gender equality in general and gender-related security issues in particular.

The day featured a workshop in which 4 speakers delivered powerful messages to the Gender Focal Points (GFPs) of the Divisions that make up JFCBS on the topic of gender both in the workplace, and in conflict. JFCBS Deputy Commander, Lieutenant General Stuart Skeates, and Deputy Chief of Staff (Plans), Major General Kees Matthijssen (DCOS Plans), both delivered remarks on the importance of including gender perspectives in the planning and conduct of security-related activities. DCOS Plans underscored the importance of the “2-way Street” in regards to the joint efforts of both the senior and junior members of the NATO community in making NATO a more open and inclusive space for all genders. Importantly, Lt Gen Skeates highlighted the point that “UNSCR 1325 continues to be a cornerstone of our common NATO values.”

UNSCR 1325 continues to be a cornerstone of our common NATO values

Furthermore, JFCBS participated in an Online Conference, led by the Women for Peace and Security office (WPS). The conference was chaired by Ms. Clare Hutchinson, NATO’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, and included a panel discussion with experts on issues surrounding gender in the security space. The importance of the relationship between security challenges and gender was stressed. Panellists underlined the need for a comprehensive, gender-inclusive approach to the modern security challenges.

The events scheduled to mark the anniversary were undertaken with constant awareness of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; responsible social distancing and COVID mitigation measures in line with both the Host Nation’s (the Netherlands) and JFCBS’ own guidelines were practised to the letter.

Story by Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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