Gender equality and female talent in Defence, protagonists in FEINDEF
  • 4/24/2019

Gender equality and female talent in Defence, protagonists in FEINDEF

The International Defence and Security Exhibition (FEINDEF, its spanish acronym) will hold a Women's Forum as part of its activities, in addition to the initiatives that in recent years have been promoting the participation of women in technological and scientific sectors.

The Forum was created with the aim of sharing experiences, exchanging opinions, analysing trends, discovering new talents and with the objective of generating a space for visibility and reflection on women's leadership in peace processes.

In the Spanish Armed Forces, only 12.8% of the troops are women, a percentage that falls to 9.2% in the case of Officers, due to the fact that women joined military life barely 30 years ago. Despite the fact that the figures are still low, Spain is one of the European Union countries with the most women among its ranks, below France and Greece, with more than 15% of women among its ranks, but far above Italy, whose Armed Forces only have 4.3% of women.

In this regard, the Women's Forum will address how gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping operations and national training programmes for military and police personnel has contributed to conflict prevention and resolution.

The gender perspective as an essential element for international peace and security is a reality, confirmed in 2000 by United Nations resolution 1325 "Women, Peace and Security", which already emphasizes the importance of including women in peace processes. FEINDEF aims to raise awareness of this and to highlight the importance of equal work between men and women both in the defence and security industry and in institutions with conferences and seminars in which personalities at the highest level from all spheres of society will participate.

Global movement in search of female talent
At the same time, a global movement has been born around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which seeks to attract female talent to these areas in order to promote the fourth industrial revolution. Currently, 35% of STEM students are women and only 28% are female researchers.

In the last decade there has been a slight but constant growth of women approaching technical careers, but this growth is still insufficient, so the movements and initiatives to promote training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are arising to tutor and inspire women and girls with skills in these subjects so that this talent is not lost for lack of motivation.