In Ottawa from 16-18 May 2017, the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces hosted the first of what are planned to be annual “Five Eyes Plus” Gender Conferences. Opened by MGen Tammy Harris, the CAF Champion for Gender Perspectives on Women, Peace and Security and a statement by the Minister for National Defence, the Honorable Harjit Sajjan, the conference included representatives from ten countries (Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain) as well as representatives from NATO and the United Nations. Over three days, the conference sought to share best practices and lessons learned regarding the integration of gender in operations.
The CDA Insitute is pleased to make more broadly available the Record of Proceedings from the Conference (courtesy of the Government of Canada/Department of National Defence), which highlights various national perspectives in the discussion of a broad variety of areas in which gender and gender issues have, or will have, an impact on military forces and operations from combat through to disaster relief. Given the strong emphasis placed ensuring that the CAF population reflects the demography of Canada, discussions flowing from this conference will not only help identify unwarranted barriers to ensuring the CAF is able to appeal to the greatest breadth and depth of talent available, but also point out the opportunities and considerations that must factor into ensuring the CAF is successful in actively posturing itself for the future and the nature of future operations.