NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives is granted the IV Award ''Soldado Idoia Rodríguez, mujer en las Fuerzas Armadas''

  • Last updated: 04 Jan. 2012 17:47

On 30 November 2011, the Spanish Minister of Defence, Carme Chacón Piqueras, honoured the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP) with the IV Award “Soldado Idoia Rodríguez, mujer en las Fuerzas Armadas” (Soldier Idoia Rodríguez, Woman in the Armed Forces) in recognition of outstanding professional commitment.

This award was created in March 2007 in memory of the first military woman in the Spanish Armed Forces, who died while serving on active duty in an international peacekeeping mission. It gives public credit to individuals or institutions – civil or military – who have contributed to enhance the role of women in the Armed Forces or to promote equal opportunities.

In December 2011, the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP) received this Award for its outstanding and successful efforts to incorporate and integrate women into the Armed Forces, improving gender balance and implementing the relevant UNSCRs within Spain and other NATO Countries.

The mission of NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives is to advise the NATO leadership and member nations on gender related issues, including the implementation of relevant UNSCRs. It is an advisory body to the Military Committee on gender related policies for the Armed Forces of the Alliance. It promotes gender mainstreaming as a strategy for making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, policies and military operations.