Today, gender perspectives have been fully integrated in all that NATO does, from policy and planning, training and education, to missions and operations. NATO is also creating a more inclusive environment through increased women’s participation at all levels and less gendered ways of working, and has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to sexual exploitation and abuse.
Looking ahead, the Secretary General insisted on the importance of understanding “that the challenges we face – and our responses to them – can affect women and men differently”. Considering all perspectives made better decisions, he said, and rendered the Alliance more effective. He also urged “all Allies to recruit more women in their military”. ‘Diverse armed forces are strong armed forces’, he noted.
The digital dialogue on the future of Women, Peace and Security brought together more than 450 participants. Clare Hutchinson, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Radmila Šekerinska, Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Dr. Robert C. Egnell, Swedish Defence University, Kristina Lunz, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, also participated in the event.