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PfPC GenderStudies Dec2014

Aiko Holvikivi, from the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces, addresses Security Sector Reform Working Group participants Dec.18 the Partnership for Peace Consortium’s Security Sector Reform Working Group conference in Stockholm. (Courtesy photo from PfPC)

By Brian Huether
Strategic Communication Manager
Partnership for Peace Consortium

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Dec 19, 2014) – Women, peace  and security is a topic of great importance to the international security community and consequently, the Partnership for Peace Consortium launched a new program to teach gender studies to military institutions.

The United Nations Security Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security formalized in 2000 outlined what the international community has known for some time, namely, that conflict resolution and other matters of international security depend on the role of gender.

The Partnership for Peace Consortium’s Security Sector Reform Working Group pursues activities to further gender studies in the international security community.

 In a culmination of the past four years’ worth of efforts, the SSR group convened in Stockholm from Dec. 17 to 19 and began producing an instructional book designed to be integrated at defense institutions in order to teach gender studies to military institutions.

Swedish Brig. Gen. Bengt Axelsson, deputy vice chancellor of the Swedish National Defense College and Sweden's representative on the PfPC's Senior Advisory Council, kicked off the group’s activities.

Axelsson added that the book represents a significant step forward in harmonizing NATO and Euro-Atlantic partners' policies on integrating gender in the military.

“The international community’s collective efforts to integrate gender studies and security represent an important step forward in promoting global peace and security,” said Dr. Raphael Perl, PfPC executive director.

The SSR group, working closely with partners such as the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces and the Swedish National Defense College, expects to publish the gender studies book by December 2015.