Celebrating female leadership at NATO

  • 12 Mar. 2013 -
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  • Last updated: 12 Mar. 2013 17:53

An exhibit, ’Celebrating Female Leadership within the International Staff at NATO’ was unveiled on International Women’s Day on 8 March at NATO Headquarters. The aim was to create greater awareness and to demonstrate NATO’s commitment to gender diversity.

The Assistant Secretary General (ASG) of Executive Management Ambassador William Eaton and Ambassador Kolinda Grabar, ASG for Public Diplomacy – the first female ASG in NATO history – addressed staff gathered for the occasion.

“Role models such as Ambassador Grabar send a powerful message to those who might consider working for NATO that women can aspire to senior posts. It also sends a message to our current staff to raise their expectations and aspirations about their own potential within NATO,” said Ambassador Eaton.

“Each and every single woman in the International Staff should be proud of the efforts that are being made on this front in NATO,” added Ambassador Grabar.

Last year the North Atlantic Council – NATO’s highest decision-making body – noted the 10 Year Anniversary Report on Gender Balance and Diversity, which highlights milestones achieved and introduces the new Diversity Action Plan for the period 2012-2014.

The Action Plan carries forward work in the area of Human Resources and offers several policy and programme initiatives. These initiatives touch on a wide range of objectives, from regulatory frameworks and the engagement of leadership to cultural awareness. Key objectives include looking into ways of improving the gender ratio in the NATO workforce, especially in senior-level positions; mainstreaming diversity and equal opportunities considerations into every aspect of Human Resources; and raising awareness of gender and diversity issues NATO-wide.