IZMIR, Turkey –Raising Gender Awareness
Members of LANDCOM, participated in the Annual Gender Week from 6 to 10 March 2023 to raise awareness on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.
Adopted in October 2000 the UNSCR 1325 is the vehicle through which Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda was established and highlights that women, men, girls, and boys are affected by war differently and influence war in different ways. The theme for the 2023 Gender Week is ‘Preventing and Responding to Conflict Related Sexual Violence.”
Throughout the week LANDCOM’s Office of the Gender Advisor hosted a variety of seminars designed to raise awareness on conflict related violence. Activities included Gender Focal Point Training, a sports competition and a workshop designed for senior leaders where guest speakers from the UN Special Representative on Conflict Related Sexual Violence, NATO HQ, SHAPE and the All Survivors’ Project spoke about gender inclusion and the need to eradicate conflict-related sexual violence.
The week conclude with the “1325” sports challenge, where staff took up the challenge to participate in a variety of deliberately planned exercises lasting 13 minutes and 25 seconds. The challenge was aimed at raising awareness of the UNSCR 1325.
“LANDCOM aims to train and prepare the leaders and staff to prevent and respond to Conflict Related Sexual Violence while conducting military operations. We all have the responsibility to step up and address these issues by adopting international best practices.” said LANDCOM Deputy Commander, Lieutenant General Nicola Zanelli during the opening address to kick off the week. “
Women and children are 75% of the world’s population in need of assistance and NATOs common values of integrity, democracy, human rights and obligations under the Charter of United Nations underpin the principle that the full rights and participation of women are essential. The Alliance works to address gender inequality by integrating gender perspectives across its three core task deterrence and defence, crisis prevention and management, and cooperative security) and throughout its political and military structures.
The landmark Security Council resolution declares that all people have a role to play in preventing war and building peace and conflict resolution, regardless of their gender. Women’s participation in peace processes can significantly contribute to the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.