Report on Gender in Military Operations Published Feb 22

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Since the fall of 2011, Sthlm Policy Group has been involved in a research project on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the integration of a gender perspective in military organizations and operations. The work was led by Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, and commissioned by the Swedish Armed Forces. The final report of the project, authored by Robert Egnell and Petter Hojem of Uppsala University and SPG's Hannes Berts, has now been published by Uppsala University.

"Since UNSCR 1325 was passed, the Swedish Armed Forces have gone through an impressive process of change from limited early projects to an institutionalised gender organisation that has worked to mainstream a gender perspective, to conduct training, and to establish specific gender-related functions, such as Gender Field Advisors and Gender Focal Points. The Gender Field Advisors have during this process been deployed with Swedish and international units in conflicts around the world and have thereby gained important experience as well as continued to refine the Swedish approach to gender implementation in military operations. The latest development has been the establishment of the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations, which will seek to function as a platform for continued implementation of a gender perspective in both Sweden and abroad.

The purpose of this report is to increase the understanding of these organisational processes, the driving factors and roadblocks within the armed forces, the activities conducted in the field and their impact at home and in the area of operations is essential to the continuing implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the implementation of a gender perspective more broadly. This understanding has the potential to provide support and lessons for similar processes in the armed forces of other countries and even other contexts."

Read the report here.

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