The NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP) Handoer/Takeover (HOTO) was hosted on June 4th by DGIMS.
The Chair of the NCGP has been handed over to to Chair-Elect Lieutenant Colonel Diana Morais from Portugal from Lieutenant Colonel Corine Van Nieuwburg-Hofte from the Netherlans.
This event marked the 60th anniversary of the gender perspective integration that are part within the Alliance, the Netherlands being a founding nation of the Committee on Women in the NATO Forces (CWINF).
The ceremony was also used to thank the Netherlands and Lt Colonel Van Nieuwburg for their contributions in raising awareness of gender perspectives in the Alliance for the past decades.
NCGP has had a crucial role for both partner and allied nations. Back in 1961, Female Senior Officers of the Alliance had launched the first ever NATO conference to talk about the conditions of employment, status, organization as well as career possibilities for women who were part of the armed forces of NATO Member Nations. This conference took place in Denmark Copenhagen with delegates from Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, UK, and US.
Although there are currently many pandemic issues, Lieutenant Colonel Van Nieuwburg-Hofte was able to chair the first virtual NCGP Annual Conference in 2020 from 13 to 14 October. The 44th Conference “Deepening Gender Mainstreaming: Transformation Through Professionalisation”, included 120 representatives from Partner Nations and NATO Member. They talked about the development of ‘gender perspective as a capability’ and at the same time, they commemorated the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, which Lt Col Van Nieuwburg-Hofte quoted ”gender is more than a policy paper.”
The Netherlands still continues to be a leader in gender perspective implementation in the Alliance.
Lt Col Van Nieuwburg-Hofte was also thanked by the International Military Staff’s Office of the Gender Advisor for all her contributions in increasing gender awareness. Additionally, the Office also welcomes Lieutenant Colonel Morais who came with a 5-year strategic plan and a vision to continue this exploration and development of ‘gender perspective as a capability’.