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Dr. Kathaleen Reid-Martinez, from the Education Development Working Group, and Anna Björsson, from the Security Sector Reform Working Group, consult on gender curriculum development at the Partnership for Peace Consortium Security Sector Reform workshop held July 22 to 24 in Geneva.

(Courtesy photo by John D’Amato)

PfP Consortium Staff Report

GENEVA (Sept. 3, 2014) -- The necessity of including gender into the military curriculum of NATO and Partner countries was the result from the Partnership for Peace Consortium Security Sector Reform workshop held July 22 to 24 here.

Aiko Holvikivi and Anja Ebnoether, co-chairs of the Security Sector Reform Working Group and who organized the workshop, were adamant about the importance of gender in today’s security sector. They said as more militaries integrate women within their ranks, gender mainstreaming of military curriculum becomes essential to security sector reform initiatives; however, as part of civil-military cooperation training, it becomes a vital part of mission success.

The workshop aimed at sharing views about the definitions of gender integration and mainstreaming within Euro-Atlantic defense institutions. It provided tools and methods for gender points of contacts within the Alliance, NATO and Partner countries to better include gender perspectives into the daily work of their respective organizations.

The workshop concluded a two-year joint venture undertaken with representatives of the Education Development Working Group and the Advanced Distributed Learning Working Group. This cooperation produced learning tools that are adaptable, applicable and pertinent to the challenges faced by the countries seeking to reform their security sector.

The Security Sector Reform Working Group is sponsored by the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces, one of the founding stakeholders of the Partnership for Peace Consortium. The PfPC, through its working and study groups, enables representatives of military academies and security institutes in Euro-Atlantic countries to advance the cause of democracy and reform in the post-Soviet area.

The PfPC is a voluntary association of institutes of higher learning and defense and security affairs linking more than 800 defense academies and security studies institutes in 59 countries.  Research projects empowered by the Consortium result in policy recommendations relevant to stakeholder and partner-policy makers. The Consortium ultimately fosters regional stability by assisting PfP nations to build strong democratic defense institutions and resolve regional security challenges in a productive and peaceful forum. ​A series of study/working groups provide models of enhanced educational curricula and learning technologies in addition to policy recommendations based upon research and expert knowledge.

The PfPC Operations Staff is co-located with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The mission of the Marshall Center is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships, especially in the field of defense; promoting active, peaceful security cooperation; and, enhancing enduring partnerships among the nations of North America, Europe and Eurasia.