Gender and Defence Transformation

Authored by: Audrey Reeves, Anja Ebnöther, Kathrin Quesada, and Daniel de Torres

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Political Transitions, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Country: Sweden, Afghanistan
Region: Europe and Eurasia, South and Central Asia
Year: 2011
Citation: Reeves, Audrey, Anja Ebnöther, Kathrin Quesada, and Daniel de Torres. "Gender and Defence Transformation: Transforming National Structures." Geneva: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, 2011.

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Executive Summary

The report summarizes presentations and discussions from the seminar on: “Gender and Defence Transformation: Transforming National Structures, Sustaining International Operations”, jointly organized by the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Consortium’s Security Sector Reform Working Group, chaired by DCAF, and the Swedish National Defence College from 18 to 20 April 2011 in Stockholm. Forty-two practitioners, researchers and policy advisers from fourteen NATO and PfP countries discussed ongoing efforts to integrate gender perspectives into defence transformation. Throughout the seminar practitioners with field experience shared best practices and concrete examples from the ground, including lessons learned from the Swedish Armed Forces’ work in provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan and the challenges some armed forces currently face in recruiting women or providing high quality gender training to their staff. Other discussions centred on research methodologies on gender and defence transformation and on ways to increase communication and exchange between communities of researchers and practitioners.