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NATO Secretary General: Gender Equality is the smart thing to do

In a video keynote address at the Women Political Leaders Summit on 21 June 2021, NATO’s Secretary General stressed the importance of gender equality to NATO’s mission.
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NATO Defence Ministers endorse new policy on preventing and responding to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV)

At their virtual meeting on 1 June 2021, Defence Ministers have endorsed NATO’s new policy on preventing and responding to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.
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NATO stands with the international community to address sexual violence in conflict

In a written statement delivered at the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict on 14 April 2021, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Clare Hutchinson, warned against the use of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence as a weapon of war against women and girls – and increasingly against men and boys.
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NATO, UN and Civil Society discuss fight against conflict-related sexual violence

On the International Day for the Elimination of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, NATO hosted a digital dialogue on Friday (19 June 2020) to address the prevention and response to the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war.
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''Peace is more likely to prevail when women are empowered and intrinsically engaged in its creation''

After February’s conference, the WPS team approached Admiral James Foggo, Commander of JFC Naples, for a few follow-up questions. Admiral Foggo has long been a staunch supporter of the Women, Peace and Security mandate in and beyond NATO, and he has made the integration of gender perspectives in all of JFC Naples’ work an absolute priority. Thank you Admiral, for your personal dedication to this topic, and for all your efforts to advance the principles of gender equality at NATO.
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Preventing and Responding to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Essential to NATO's Operational Effectiveness

On 20 and 21 February 2020, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Naples conducted a workshop focused on NATO’s commitment to the Prevention of and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV). There were 48 workshop attendees from all levels of the NATO Command Structure and NATO HQ.
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NATO reaffirms its commitment to combatting conflict-related sexual and gender based violence

“There can be no protection without participation, because, at its root sexual violence is a gendered issue,” Ms Clare Hutchinson, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security said on Tuesday (23 April 2019), during her address to the United Nations Security Council‘s open debate on sexual violence in conflict.
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NATO organises second workshop on military guidelines on the prevention of, and response to, conflict-related sexual and gender based violence

On 28 March 2018, the Belgium Royal Military Academy in Brussels hosted the second workshop on military guidelines on the prevention of, and response to, Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
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UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits NATO Headquarters

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday (31 January 2018). Welcoming Ms. Jolie, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised her “strong voice” and “great leadership for empowering women and the fight against sexual violence”. Noting that NATO is based on democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and the UN Charter, Mr. Stoltenberg pointed to the Alliance’s long record of fighting extremist groups which oppress women, like the Taliban and ISIS. “NATO has the responsibility to be a leading protector of women’s rights,” he said.
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Taking action on conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence

NATO’s Military Guidelines on the Prevention of, and Response to, Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence were discussed at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels on 19 October 2016. National representatives and subject matter experts from NATO, the European Union, the United Nations and non-governmental organisations gathered for the workshop, which aimed to raise awareness of the Guidelines as well as discuss progress and mark the way ahead.

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