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    • Reinforcing the Women, Peace and Security agenda

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    • Date: 07 November 2014
      The implementation of UNSCR 1325 and related Resolutions represents an important policy priority for NATO and partner countries, it was concluded during the second workshop for establishing a tool for assessing how gender perspectives are integrated into national security policies which took place in Washington, D.C. On 6 and 7 November.

      BCSP Director at the workshop for establishing a tool for assessing how gender perspectives are integrated into national security policies which took place in Washington, D.C.
      BCSP Director at the workshop for establishing a tool for assessing how gender perspectives are integrated into national security policies which took place in Washington, D.C.

      “This initiative is very important for partner countries as it enables them to share their lessons learned on gender mainstreaming in defence institutions and to learn from the exchange on gender in military operations”, said BCSP Director Sonja Stojanovic Gajic.

      This was the second in a series of three workshops which make up a project known as “The 1325 NATO Scorecard: Gender Mainstreaming: Indicators for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and its related Resolutions”.

      "NATO has been at the forefront in its policy statements regarding UNSCR 1325. The key now is implementation by individual member and partner countries," remarks Dr Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of Women In International Security (WIIS).

       

      The first workshop was held on 26 and 27 May 2014 in Belgrade organized by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy. The results of the project will be presented at the third and final workshop in Brussels in 2015. The workshops are organized by WIIS together with USIP and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP). The project was launched in 2013.

      Assessing progress: the 1325 Scorecard

      The project is designed to define a set of indicators for assessment in each of the four areas set out in UNSCR 1325: prevention, participation, protection, and relief and recovery. Measures implemented by NATO countries and partners in the context of the Resolution vary, making it difficult to assess progress, particularly in the NATO context. The NATO 1325 Scorecard will assess how NATO and partner countries are mainstreaming gender in military operations. The results will facilitate standardization in training, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in NATO-led missions and operations.

      "What makes this project unique is that it brings together people from the security sector and civil society. Many of the civil society leaders present commented upon this unique characteristic of this project and workshop," said Kathleen Kuehnast, Director of the Center for Gender and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP).

      The workshops are organized by Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), in partnership with Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI - North America) and Women In International Security (WIIS), and supported by an Advanced Research Workshop award from the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme
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