NATO and partners from the Euro-Atlantic Council (EAPC) have released a revised policy on Women, Peace and Security, which aims to enhance the implementation of gender-related measures in NATO civilian and military structures, as well as in NATO-led operations and missions.
"The policy provides us with the necessary tools to further enhance the integration of a gender perspective, notably in the fields of crisis management, cooperative security and NATO-led operations," Mari Skaare, NATO's Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, said in a press release issued Tuesday.
The revised policy was endorsed by NATO and its EAPC partners on April 1 and builds on the Alliance's experience in enforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and related resolutions.
It opens the way for more practical cooperation with NATO's broad partnership network. For the first time, Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates participated actively in the development of the policy. New Zealand also associated itself with this effort.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stressed the importance of the policy in a recent address to students at Georgetown University, saying: "The adoption of the revised policy on 1325 is the testament of the progress we have made to ensure that women can assume their rightful place in matters of peace and security".
An Action Plan is currently under development to ensure that the Policy translates in concrete measures and actions.