ACT Office of the Gender Advisor
The primary responsibilities of the ACT Gender Advisor are:
- Provide direct support to the Commander on implementing UNSCR 1325 and integrating gender perspective throughout HQ SACT and ACT;
- Act as the coordination officer throughout ACT for implementing UNSCR 1325 and integrating gender perspective in the planning, conduct and evaluation of all ACT tasks, including an ACT Action Plan to advance UNSCR 1325 Issues and gender perspective;
- Implement Bi-SC Directive 40-1 on "Integrating UNSCR 1325 and Gender Perspectives in the NATO Command Structure Including Measures for Protection During Armed Conflict" throughout ACT;
- Oversee the development and implementation of gender-related training in NATO education and training programs;
- Coordinate gender training policies, opportunities and requirements with NATO policy;
- support the development and implementation of gender related events and incidents in NATO exercises conducted at JWC, JFTC and other NATO facilities, including embedding Gender Advisors and UNSCR 1325 and gender perspective issues within scenarios;
- Proactively establish and maintain contacts with international and nongovernmental organizations working in the fields of gender in order to share and exchange information that advances gender perspective.
MAJ Stephanie Nicol, French Army
Tel: +1 (757) 747-3165
7857 Blandy Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23551
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Implementing UNSCR 1325 & Integrating Gender Perspective
HQ SACT’s Two-Pronged Approach:
- Implementing UNSCR 1325
- UNSCR 1325 calls attention to the disproportionate impact that armed conflict has on women and children and recommends specific measures to remedy this.
- Integrating Gender Perspective
- Gender refers to the social attributes and opportunities associated with being male and female. It goes beyond the sex of the person to include how relationships are socially constructed. Gender is heavily influenced by one’s culture.
- Gender Perspective is integrated when issues are examined from the point of view of both men and women to identify differences in needs and priorities, as well as in abilities and potential.
HQ SACT Gender Perspective Recommendations: Our Roadmap
- Inclusion in curriculum at NATO Education and Training Facilities, COE’s and NATO and Partner Countries National Military Education and Training Institutions and Partner Training Centre
- Gender Awareness ADL module as standard pre-deployment training
- ADL course for personnel working in the field of Gender to support operations
- Inclusion in curriculum for civilian pre-deployment training in Vyskov, Czech Republic
- Completed accreditation process for existing training courses in the field of gender.
- A SACT-approved “Roadmap on Implementing UNSCR 1325 and Integrating Gender Perspective”
- Gender Advisor post within the revised PE 2012 structure
- Integration of gender perspective in HQ SACT work on the Comprehensive Approach.
- Electronic repository for gender-related issues , specifically AARs and Best Practices from ops
- Evaluation of establishing a Gender Awareness Centre of Excellence (CoE).
- Unclassified website on gender-related activities fully accessible to all
- Increased awareness of UNSCR 1325 and gender-related issues throughout ACT
- Increased gender perspective (specifically women's representation) within NATO and in decision making bodies at all levels of the planning process.
NATO Action Plan
Based on the Six Tracks of the NATO/EAPC Policy:
- Mainstreaming in policies, programmes and documentation
- Cooperation with International Organizations and civil society
- Education and training (ACT)
- Public Diplomacy
- National Initiatives
The NATO Action Plan aims to “mainstream gender” into all areas related to current and future planning and conduct of operations. Four focus areas:
- Crisis Management, Operational Planning and Execution
- Training and Education for Operational Aspects
- Operational execution
- Reports and Reporting Systems