How to Increase the Representation of Women in Civilian CSDP Missions: Compilation of Experiences and Good practices

Summary: As part of its efforts to strengthen EU capacity to deploy civilian crisis management missions, European Union Member States are committed to actively promoting an increase in the representation of women among international experts at all levels of civilian CSDP missions, based on increased national contributions and in line with agreed EU and international policies and guidelines including the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions.

Member States set up an informal working group, a Cluster, to come together to share experiences, good practices but also challenges in striving for equal representation of women and men in civilian CSDP missions. In 2021 the Cluster, led by Finland and Spain and supported by the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management, organised a series of virtual workshops where Member States and EU institutions presented examples of national and EU policies and practices to ensure equal opportunities for women and men seconded to in civilian CSDP missions and to improve gender balance.

This compilation of recommendations and actions is an outcome of those workshops.

Reference: European Centre of Excellence (2022). How to Increase the Representation of Women in Civilian CSDP Missions: Compilation of Experiences and Good practices. 

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