14 Apr 2016
NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) promotes Gender Perspectives across NATO
By Lieutenant Commander Rémi Tremblay
Department Director, Standards, Evaluation & Training Department
At the 2014 NATO Wales Summit, the participating Heads of State and Government reaffirmed that integrating Gender Perspectives into NATO Operations and Training continued to be a high priority for the Alliance:
We attach great importance to ensuring women’s full and active participation in the prevention, management, and resolution of conflicts, as well as in post-conflict efforts and cooperation [...] we have made significant progress in implementing UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and related resolutions [...] Our on-going efforts to integrate gender perspectives into Alliance activities throughout NATO’s three core tasks will contribute to a more modern, ready, and responsive NATO.
In 2016, NSO has taken proactive steps to transform NATO’s aspirations into action. From 01–05 Feb 2016, Ms. Tanja Geiss, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Chair and Gender focal point for NSO, provided her expertise and support to the Gender Awareness in Peace Support Operations Course, conducted for the first time by the Turkish Partnership for Peace (PfP) Training Centre in Ankara. The Course, developed by the Turkish Partnership Training and Education Centre, was also supported by the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations and other experts from NATO/PfP, International Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations.
The aim of the Gender Awareness Course was to prepare participants for staff and field positions at the operational and tactical levels. The Course provided students with a working knowledge of gender perspective concepts, doctrine, procedures, operational experiences, techniques and exercised their ability to apply the knowledge gained during syndicate work. Ms. Geiss led activities related to Gender Awareness in Social Life and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Gender with an audience of NATO, PfP, Mediterranean Dialogue, Istanbul Cooperation Initiative and Partner Nations.
In addition, NSO is actively promoting the completion of ADL Module 169 - Improving Operational Effectiveness by Integrating Gender Perspective - which is available online at the Joint Advanced Distributed Learning (JADL) Learning Management System website. Starting in Spring 2016, students who complete the one hour training module prior to attending a course at NSO will receive a special annotation on their course certificate to recognize their extra effort in helping the Alliance to further integrate gender perspectives into operations.
Acknowledging, understanding and working with a gender perspective means that NATO can account for the different security needs and priorities of men, women and children when planning and executing operations. Providing relevant training and education is just one way in which the NSO is helping to fulfil NATO’s intent in support of UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions.