Provide Advice and Support
Integration of gender perspective has been defined in the Bi-SC Directive 40-1 as a tool increasing the operational effectiveness. The Bi-SC Directive 40-1 also stipulates that the primary role of the HQ SACT Gender Advisor is to provide direct support and advice to the Commander on integration of gender perspective throughout HQ SACT and ACT.
Moreover, provided that one of the major responsibilities endowed upon the HQ SACT Gender Advisor is to develop, deliver, oversee and assist with a gender-related education and training, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor also supports and advices the Joint Force Trainer.
On top of that, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor provides support and advice to all Directorates, Branches and Sections within the ACT, as well as other NATO entities, NATO Nations and Partner Nations.
Lastly, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor supports the development and implementation of gender-related events and incidents in NATO exercises conducted at Joint Warfare Centre, Joint Force Training Centre and other NATO facilities, including embedding gender perspective within scenarios.
Education & Training
NATO ACT is responsible for the planning and delivery of NATO education and training programmes using NATO and national facilities. Within the HQ SACT, it is the Joint Force Trainer (JFT) Division, which directs and coordinates all ACT activities in NATO's arena of interest to train and educate individuals and to support collective training and exercises, at all levels of command.
The Bi-SC Directive 40-1 endows the HQ SACT Gender Advisor with responsibilities to develop, oversee, assist and deliver the gender-related education and training, and therefore the HQ SACT Gender Advisor works closely with and reports to JFT. The JFT holds the final authority within the Education and Training Framework for all gender training programme initiatives, analyses, changes and approval.
Directed by the principle that greatest effect is gained if the gender perspective is included in the earliest forms of training and education and mainstreamed throughout courses at different levels, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor develops, delivers, oversees and assists, among others, the following activities:
Advanced Distributed Learning Courses (ADL)
- ADL 168: Role of Gender Advisors and Gender Field Advisors in Operations
- ADL 169: Improving Operational Effectiveness by Integrating Gender Perspective
ADL 171: Gender Focal Point
Gender Education and Training Package for Nations
Training tool providing series of instructions and guidelines on integration of gender perspective at the strategic, operational and tactical level.
- Courses by Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations
The NCGM from the Swedish Armed Forces is the Department Head for all NATO-led curricula concerning Gender Education and Training.
Coordinate Integration of Gender Perspective
In accordance with the Bi-SC Directive 40-1, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor performs cross-cutting functions. In this sense, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor acts as a coordination officer throughout ACT for the implementation of the UNSC Resolution 1325, and integration of gender perspective in the planning, conduct and evaluation of all ACT tasks.
The HQ SACT Gender Advisor also coordinates the execution of the ACT tasks as contained in the “NATO Action Plan on Mainstreaming UNSCR 1325 into NATO-led operations and Missions”.
Whenever necessary, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor coordinates her/his work with SHAPE, particularly when it comes to review or update of the Bi-SC Directive 40-1.
Liaise with Stakeholders
As per the Bi-SC Directive 40-1, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor is the first point of contact concerning gender-related subjects within the HQ SACT. As such she/he is responsible for liaising with stakeholders within the NATO structure, as well as externally, with other international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia and other external actors.
Internally, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor liaises with:
- The ACO Gender Advisor
- The Office of the NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security at the NATO HQ
- The International Military Staff Office of the Gender Advisor
- The NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives at the NATO HQ
- Other Gender Advisors within the NATO Structure
As part of the efforts to liaise and better coordinate the work within the NATO, ACO hosts twice per year the ACO Gender Advisors Conference. The last Conference was held on the 26-27 April, 2016 in SHAPE, Mons.
Externally, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor establishes and maintains contacts with various external actors working in the field of gender in order to share and exchange information, which advances the gender perspective. In this context, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor has been cooperating closely with the Women’s Centre at the Old Dominion University.
As part of this cooperation, in March 2016 HQ SACT, the Old Dominion University and the Women’s Centre at the Old Dominion University co-organised the Symposium on "Women, Peace and Security - United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325"
In April 2016, the HQ SACT Gender Advisor attended the Conference, “Academics, Activists and Armed Forces: the nexus of greater security?” organized by the ACO Gender Advisor’s Office in cooperation with the HQ SACT Gender Advisor’s Office and SHAPE WoMen. It was another opportunity to meet with globally renowned academics and activists.