The University of Hawaii’s Center for Applied Science and Research, the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), shared the results of a year-long collaborative research and analysis effort conducted in partnership with the US Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Office of Women, Peace. and Security (WPS) on 5th and 27th April, 2022. Delivered virtually as two work sessions on the application of WPS outcomes, the sessions helped stakeholders understand the drivers of gender inequality and how WPS analysis can enhance programmatic efforts to improve gender-resilience, peace and resilience around the world. Security based.
Indo-Pacific participants were welcomed by Air Commodore Christopher Robson, USINDOPACOM’s regional and multinational engagement adviser for strategic planning and policy, who recently worked with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to integrate gender analysis into the security cooperation plan. Requirements described. and processes.
“It is not only informative, but transformative,” said Commodore Robson. “This is the first time that the DoD has undertaken a research project to accurately picture current gender trends around the world, focusing on the INDOPACOM sector.”
Robson explained how the results will help eliminate past gender blind spots and address destabilizing factors within the field that cause gender inequality. The analysis, Robson said, will more effectively identify the root causes of instability and help partner countries to understand the unique security needs of men, women, boys and girls differently affected by conflict and crisis.
The results of the global Women, Peace and Security analysis are based on the first ever Composite Index for Gender Responsibility.
WPS analyst Dr. De Soyers echoed Commodore’s sentiments, highlighting the importance of the first composite-index, data-driven gender responsiveness baseline assessment, the result of a year-long collaborative effort with PDC and USINDOPACOM WPS.
Described as a tool for mainstreaming and operating WPS concepts, Dr. Sawyers said, “The body of work provides key indicators of destabilizing factors identified in previous human security research products within organizations such as the United Nations, USAID and the Red Cross. Baseline assessment analysis is a planning tool for practitioners – DoD policies and Adding clarity to and strengthening practices such as the US strategy to prevent conflict and promote stability is known as the US Global Fragility Act.
Dr. Joseph Green of PDC and Dr. De Soyers of USINDOPACOM discuss the application of WPS analysis results.
The methodology and field results were presented by PDC’s Dr. Joseph Green, Director of Applied Science and Advanced Analytics. They shared how some indicators, which are often not perceived as gender-oriented, can be cross-cutting and influence gender-based safety concerns. At the end of the session, keynote discussions included ways USINDOPACOM could leverage WPS analysis for its security planning activities. WPS analyst Dr. De Soyers outlines several avenues for working with partner countries to eliminate barriers to women’s participation in their own national security forces and programming.
“I would like to thank each of you in the audience for your efforts to integrate WPS into security cooperation engagement design and partner nation capacity building, and your overall human security focus. This is truly a milestone in our approach to human security. The paradigm shift, and it requires the application of new tools such as the one demonstrated today.”
PDC has also worked with US Northern Command and US Southern Command to conduct similar assessments in their areas. PDC is committed to ensuring that underrepresented populations in all areas affecting humanitarian aid, security and disaster risk reduction are included in the analysis.