NATO and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: A Conversation with Clare Hutchinson

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6th Floor Board Room, The Wilson Center

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The topic of Women, Peace and Security is gaining traction worldwide as a critical aspect of international security policy. As this conversation continues, key international organizations including NATO are placing greater emphasis on integrating gender considerations in the execution of international military and diplomatic actions.

Clare Hutchinson is one of the leading voices in this effort as the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security. She brings years of experience in global gender dynamics to the Women, Peace and Security dialogue.

In advance of the NATO summit in Brussels, the Women in Public Service Project welcomed Clare Hutchinson for a conversation on the Women, Peace and Security priorities for NATO and her vision for inclusive security at the organization.

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Header photo: NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization via Flickr

Key Quotes

Amb. Melanne Verveer  

Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

“NATO has increasingly taken the UN’s imperative established in Security Council Resolution number 1325… [that] links the role of women to peace and security. They have understood that and taken that leadership in a serious way.”

“In the military venue particularly, the whole issue of operational effectiveness is paramount in ensuring why the integration [of women] matters.”

Clare Hutchinson

NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

"On October 21 2000, security council of the UN unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 on women’s rights. It was, and remains so, historically forward; when women would no longer be described as helpless victims but instead be finally recognized as, on the political agenda, as active agents of peace and security. Its essence is about making the invisible, visible, and about opening spaces for women’s participation in the decisions in and around conflict and peace.”

Having women at the table is important, but it’s only important if those women are feminist women…so having women who push the agenda to help other women is important.”

"We need to understand what makes populations safe together and right now, we’re only looking at one half of that population. The issue of any change affects women."

"We must deliver better on the mandate; for the sake of women, peace, and security.”

Gwen K. Young   

Director, Women in Public Service Project

“I’ve worked in conflict situations, and what I see often… is that during periods of conflict, it's women who lead the communities... So how are we ensuring that we’re taking that perspective what’s going on at the community level into peace and security discussions?”

“You want the women not because there is a particular leadership style, and not all women lead the same, but we want to be around all the decision-making tables, offering their perspective, and hopefully offering the best policy solution that we can muster when you have the other half of the population sitting at the table.”

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