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NATO Offers ‘Gender Perspective’ Course

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization offers “gender perspective” training for member nations that warns troops of “problematic” approaches to gender.

NATO tweeted from its NATO Women account this week to inform the public about its “gender education and training package for nations.” The pilot course was created during the organization’s “gender annual discipline conference.”

“Gender perspective is a force multiplier and supports the outcome of the operation and enhances mission effect,” according to a presentation offered by NATO. “Using a gender perspective in the planning, execution, assessment and reporting of your activities will increase operational effectiveness.”

NATO begins the course with an exercise asking the audience what comes to mind when they think about women versus men in war and conflict. The military alliance says it is wrong to see women only as victims, and men as actors.

The presentation covers topics such as “Why is it problematic to focus only on ‘protection’?” and “Why is it problematic to talk about the population as a whole?”

NATO defines sex as biological and constant, while gender is “socially constructed, dynamic, and changing over time.” – READ MORE

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