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31 May. 2016

Engaging systematically with civil society on Women, Peace and Security

‘This is almost revolutionary!’ This was the reaction to the information that NATO is establishing a mechanism to secure sustained dialogue with civil society on its policy in pursuit of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

26 May. 2016

Removing barriers to women in the Ukrainian armed forces

The NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Marriëtt Schuurman, met the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lt Gen Viktor Muzhenko, on 18 May 2016. They discussed Ukraine’s recently adopted National Action Plan on implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, and how NATO could support this.

24 May. 2016

Taking action nationally on the Women, Peace and Security agenda

National action plans on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) are today the most common strategy used by 63 nations globally to show their commitment to the United Nations’ WPS agenda. While in the last few years there has been a proliferation of national action plans, implementation remains problematic.

23 Apr. 2016

She Runs, He Runs, We Run

On Saturday 23 April, the first-ever 1325 solidarity run took place at NATO Headquarters. The 13.25 km (8.2 miles) run aimed to highlight the role of sports in promoting gender balance and solidarity, while raising awareness about United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

8 Mar. 2016

NATO marks International Women’s Day, aims to advance gender equality

On International Women’s Day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Allies and partner countries to a “Barbershop Conference” on gender equality at NATO Headquarters on Tuesday (8 March 2016). Hosted by Iceland and Canada, and facilitated by Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, NATO’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, the Conference aims to dispel gender stereotypes and encourage participants to talk freely – as in a barbershop – about working towards gender equality.

25 Jan. 2016

NATO-UN efforts to promote protection of children in armed conflict

NATO and the United Nations (UN) work together to protect children affected by armed conflict. As part of this ongoing dialogue, Leila Zerrougui, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, visited NATO Headquarters on 25 January to discuss ways to enhance efforts in response to this challenge. She met with NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and other senior Alliance officials, and briefed the Operations Policy Committee.

20 Nov. 2015

NATO supports Jordanian Armed Forces to implement UNSCR 1325

NATO’s Special Representative on Women, Peace and Security, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman visited Amman, Jordan from 16 to 19 November 2015, in the context of the Jordan III Trust Fund project. “I am very grateful for the cooperation we have with Jordan. I believe this Trust Fund project will have a concrete impact and provide a leading example in the region to enhance the role of women across the security sector,” Ambassador Schuurman said.

13 Oct. 2015

NATO Deputy Secretary General addresses role of women for peace and security at UN Security Council

NATO is proud of its record in implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said at a Security Council debate that marks the Resolution's 15th anniversary. At the UN headquarters in New York today (13 October), Ambassador Vershbow discussed the challenges faced by women in conflict and NATO's work to increase their meaningful participation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. "NATO has made implementation of the Resolution one of its priorities and is proud of its record, most notably within its operations in Afghanistan and in the Balkans," he said. “But we need to do more, especially when it comes to promoting equal participation in NATO itself.”

7 Oct. 2015

The role of women in the Ukraine military conflict

Amid the fighting in eastern Ukraine, high levels of gender-based violence continue to be reported in the conflict area, including sexual violence. Moreover, women in Ukraine are often excluded at a decision-making level, as well as from the military response to the crisis.

13 Jul. 2015

NATO Military Leadership sign up to support the UN HeForShe campaign

Demonstrating their strong commitment to gender equality, the Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, senior NATO military leadership and staff joined the United Nations Women’s HeForShe movement today in making a campaign video.

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