WIIS Brussels, YPFP Brussels, YPFP San Francisco Hub, NATO and SAAB joined forces to welcome Charlotte Isaksson, Advisor on Gender at the EEAS, Dr Corinna Horst, President of WIIS Brussels and Deputy Director of the German Marshall Foundation's Brussels office and Shoshana Hatfield, Deputy U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee. Kelsey Suemnicht, Director, Community & Membership, YPFP San Francisco hub, moderated the discussion.
Gender equality and women's empowerment are key to global security. Gender balance brings a variety of perspectives and experiences to national and international diplomatic, security and defence structures and forces. However, the number of women ambassadors in the Security Council has fallen from its peak of six women in 2014, to four in 2015, to just one this year - and that is just one example. Moreover, according to UNIFEM, the United Nations has never officially appointed a woman to be chief mediator in a peace process.
So what is the big picture in terms of women's empowerment in security and defence?
What could we expect from an increased presence of women in leadership positions in this field?
How can we ensure diversity within structures promoting international security?