NATO’s gender policy is described in BI-SC Directive 40-1: ”INTEGRATING UNSCR 1325 AND GENDER PERSPECTIVE INTO NATO COMMAND STRUCTURE”
This policy is revised in August 2012. It aims to ensure implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, related resolutions and integration of gender perspective in military organizations and forces in the NATO command structure and NATO force structure of the Alliance and within NATO-led operations.
Security and risks during armed conflicts are perceived differently by men, women, boys and girls. These differences must be analyzed and addressed to enable a safe and secure environment for the entire population. An effective operational response uses Comprehensive Approach (CA) principles to address multi-faceted conflicts and crises, and contribute to sustainable and lasting peace. Realizing that gender dimensions are an important component of such efforts, NATO’s Directive 40-1 seeks to mainstream gender into all phases of NATO activities.
Gender refers to the social attributes associated with being male and female learned through socialization and determines a person’s position and value in a given context. This means also the relationships between women and men and girls and boys, as well as the relations between women and those between men. These attributes, opportunities and relationships are socially constructed and are learned through socialization processes. Notably, gender does not equate to woman.
The direction of CCOE’s engagement in gender has been the raising of a general gender awareness strategy for the military sector. Based on experiences within this framework and the general political and military debate concerning a Comprehensive Approach for the solution of today’s conflicts. CCOE‘s aim is to contribute to formulating a more comprehensive understanding for the topic of gender in its military relevance. This particularly applies for the integration of the complex of gender in all of its facets regarding content and procedure. Based on the above CCOE intends to implement cross cutting conclusions.
In 2008 CCOE published its first publication on gender: ‘Gender Makes Sense: A Way to Improve Your Mission’ This publication has been re-written ; the new 2nd edition is now available.
The aim of this CCOE publication is:
The 2nd edition of the CCOE Gender Makes Sense is here available.
Beginning 2012 the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM) was established. The centre aims to increase the efforts to implement UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions. The centre is a hub of knowledge and expertise when it comes to gender perspective in military operations, focusing on training and education and policy developing. It works closely with relevant organizations like UN, NATO, EU, and AU as well as with nations working in the same direction. CCOE has established a close cooperation with the NCGM to share knowledge and experience.