Gender and Security – On safety and gender issues in the armed forces – Roundtable in Sarajevo

NATO Headquarters Sarajevo and Sarajevo Open Centre invite you to a roundtable entitled “Gender and Security”. Roundtables on this topic were previously held in the municipalities of Oštra Luka, Jajce, Prozor-Rama, Livno, Vlasenica, Milići and Zvornik. The project aims to promote greater participation of women in decision-making and strengthen the capacity of local women’s organizations.

According to Deputy Commander of NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, Brigadier Harold Hiortha: “NATO is extremely dedicated to the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 and the UN on Women, Peace and Security. Just like Bosnia, NATO has an Action Plan to implement Resolution which obliges us to work with local communities and non-governmental organizations in order to raise awareness of the Resolution and the need of participation of women in decision-making. Our goal is to work together with the Ministry of Defense in projects of encouraging women from small communities to get more involved in the decision process, and to hear their views on what for them is security”.

The speakers will be Deputy Commander of NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, Brigadier Harald Hiorth, Brigadier Mersida Mešetović from the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Vanja Matić, Programme Coordinator Gender equality NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo.

This set will give you the opportunity to learn more on gender equality programmes undertaken by Ministry of Defense and NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, the importance of a gender perspective in the process of defense reform and the need to include more women in decision-making for security. After the presentation of the speakers, audiences will have the opportunity to actively participate in the discussion on the above topics.

The panel discussion will be held on 19th December 2102 in the premises of the Human Rights House, Dolina 1, in Sarajevo, starting from 2:00pm.