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11 Jun. 2015

Women, Peace and Security agenda in the spotlight at NATO

The participation of women in Allied armed forces has been steadily increasing over the past few decades, and significant strides have been made towards the recruitment and retention of women. However, women continue to be underrepresented and more work is needed to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and related Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security.

10 Jun. 2015

NATO Headquarters Sarajevo welcomes first ever female Commander

Almost 11 years after its creation, NATO HQ Sarajevo has a woman at its head. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Giselle Wilz has taken office as the 21st Commander and Senior Military Representative of NHQSa.

21 May. 2015

Handling gender-related complaints in the armed forces

An important barrier to women’s retention and equal participation in the armed forces is gender-based discrimination, harassment and abuse. Investigating related complaints and providing victim support during operations abroad can be particularly challenging. A recent NATO-sponsored workshop looked at possible practical solutions to these issues.

24 Apr. 2015

“Women key to peace and security in Afghanistan” NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security said in Kabul

Peace and security cannot be sustained without the full participation of women in all aspects of society, including the provision of security, Marriët Schuurman, NATO’s Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security stressed as she completed a 3-day visit in Afghanistan. “NATO will continue to support Afghanistan to safeguard an enabling environment for women to fully contribute to building a safer society”.

19 Mar. 2015

NATO Secretary General signs up as HeForShe Champion

In a global effort to further gender equality and empowerment of women, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has joined other world leaders in signing up to the Impact10x10x10 Initiative, which is part of the wider HeForShe campaign.

9 Dec. 2014

Reinforcing the Women, Peace and Security agenda

In November, the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme supported two events designed to enhance the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and related resolutions. More than 120 military and civilian experts from Allied and partner countries examined ways to move forward with the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

24 Oct. 2014

New NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security takes office

Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, a Dutch career diplomat, takes up today (Friday, 24 October) her functions as NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.

4 Sep. 2014

Dutch diplomat to become NATO’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

Mrs. Marriët Schuurman, a Dutch career diplomat who currently serves as the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹, will become NATO’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.

25 Jun. 2014

NATO and Partners set priority actions on Women, Peace and Security

NATO and its partners from the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) on Wednesday (25 June 2014) released, for the first time, an Action Plan for the implementation of the NATO/EAPC Policy on Women, Peace and Security. The intent is to reduce barriers for the active and meaningful participation of women in defence and security institutions, operations, missions and crisis management.

13 May. 2014

NATO and partners step up work on Women, Peace and Security

NATO and its partners from the Euro-Atlantic Council (EAPC) on Tuesday (13 May 2014) released a revised policy on Women, Peace and Security, which aims to step up the implementation of gender-related measures in NATO civilian and military structures, as well as in NATO-led operations and missions. “A more focused, inclusive and forward-leaning approach is what we need to take our efforts forward. The policy provides us with the necessary tools to further enhance the integration of a gender perspective, notably in the fields of crisis management, cooperative security and NATO-led operations,” said Mari Skaare, NATO’s Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.

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