WOMEN’S FORUM - 31 May 2019
As part of its activities, FEINDEF will host a Women’s Forum to complement the initiatives in recent years designed to promote women’s participation in technological and scientific sectors.
The Forum emerged from a desire to share experiences, exchange opinions, analyse trends, discover new talent, and create a space of awareness and reflection about female leadership in peace processes.
In the Spanish Armed Forces, women account for only 12.8% of troops, a figure that drops to 9.2% in the case of officers, because women were only permitted to join the military 30 years ago. Although figures remain low, Spain is one of the European Union countries with the most women among its ranks, behind France and Greece (where women account for more than 15% of troops), but ahead of Italy (where only 4.3% of troops are women).
Gender perspectives—as an essential element for international peace and security—are a reality confirmed in 2000 by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which underscores the importance of including women in peace processes. FEINDEF aims to raise awareness of this fact and highlight the importance of equal work between men and women, in both the defence and security industry as well as at institutions, through conferences and seminars attended by top level figures from all areas of society.
Global movement in search of female talent
At the same time, a global movement has emerged around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and the attempt to attract female talent to these fields in order to drive the fourth industrial revolution. Currently, women account for 35% of STEM students and only 28% of researchers.
In the last decade, there has been slow and steady growth of women in technical professions, though this growth remains insufficient. As such, there are movements and initiatives to promote training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to inspire women and girls with skills in these subjects so their talent is not lost due to lack of encouragement.
Roundtable 1: Women, Peace and Security.
This Roundtable will explore the pivotal role women play in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, as well as in peace-building and peacekeeping.
UN Resolution 1325, approved by the United Nations Security Council in 2000, has managed to raise awareness and create a general consensus on gender perspectives as an essential element for international peace and security.
In this respect, Spain has created the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda who, under the direct authority of the Prime Minister, is in charge of coordinating the actions necessary to fulfil the Agenda, according to the UN framework. Her duties include monitoring the competent authorities concerning matters of Public Administration, promoting the development of plans and strategies, assessing and circulating the level of compliance with 2030 Agenda targets, and collaborating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Spain’s international dialogue on the issue of the global implementation of the Agenda.
The main issues to be addressed include:
- Prevention: women play a fundamental role in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, as well as in peace-building processes.
- Full and equal participation of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, as well as in peace processes, political institutions, and decision-making processes.
- Protection of women and girls during and after armed conflicts.
- Gender perspectives: incorporation of gender perspectives in the guidelines and tools of peacekeeping operations, at United Nations agencies, and in the national military personnel and police training programmes of Member States.
In this respect, the Roundtable will address how incorporating gender perspectives in peacekeeping operations and national military personnel and police training programmes has contributed to conflict prevention and resolution.
Roundtable 2: Challenges and opportunities for female talent in Defence and Security
At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data (between 2014 and 2016), only around 30% of all students choose to pursue higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Enrolment of female students on a global scale is particularly low in information and communications technology (ICT) at 3%; natural sciences, mathematics and statistics at 5%; and engineering, manufacturing, and construction at 8%.
The purpose of the Roundtable is to raise awareness of the importance of equal work between men and women in industry, as well as at institutions. Because successful management and strategy is not a matter of gender, but of training and skill, we will analyse the success stories of women’s professional development at Institutions and the challenges and opportunities for female talent in Defence and Security.
On 10 January 2019, the Women, Science, and Innovation Observatory (Observatorio Mujeres, Ciencia e Innovación, “OMCI”) for gender equality was created as part of the Spanish Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation, whose duties include the monitoring, reporting, evaluation and submission of proposals in accordance with Royal Decree 1401/2018 of 23 November, creating the OMCI. Chaired by the Secretary of State for Universities, Research, Development and Innovation, this inter-ministerial collegiate body is responsible for i) analysing, monitoring and measuring impacts on the status of women in the fields of research, development, and innovation, ii) advocating for the creation of public policies and actions on gender equality, and iii) promoting the improvement of women’s standing in the Spanish Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation. The aim is to achieve real and effective equality, with the participation of women at all levels and in all fields of science, technology, and innovation, as well as the adequate integration of gender analysis in the content of R+D+i projects, policies, and programmes.
Debate panel: Challenges and opportunities for female talent in the Defence and Security industry
STEM. There is a global movement behind this acronym, wherein female professionals in science and engineering and tech companies seek the talent of women to propel the fourth industrial revolution.
The objective is to educate, inspire, and empower girls with talent—talent that tech companies cannot afford to lose—so their brilliant minds are not neglected along the way due to a lack of encouragement.
The purpose of the Roundtable is to raise awareness of the importance of equal work between men and women in the industry. Because successful management and strategy is not a matter of gender, but of training and skill, we will analyse the success stories of women’s professional development at tech companies associated with Defence and Security, as well as the challenges and opportunities therein for female talent.
|09:30 – 9:45 p.m.||Attendee registration|
|09:45 - 10:00 p.m.||
Opening and inauguration
|10:00- 10:45 p.m.||Roundtable 1: Women, Peace and Security|
Moderato: María Clara Girbau Ronda, Ambassador on a Special Mission to promote gender equality and reconciliation policies
|11:00- 11:45 p.m.||Roundtable 2: Challenges and opportunities for female talent in Defence and Security|
Moderator: Lieutenant Colonel Juan José Lucero Paul, Head of the International Permanent Secretariat of Gender Equality, DIAP-DIGENPER
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
|Panel debate: Challenges and opportunities for female talent in the Defence and Security industry|
Moderator: ORACLE, María Begoña Sanz, Public Sector Technology Sales Manager
|12:45 – 13:15 p.m.||Keynote speeches and Forum closing|
|13:15 p.m.||Forum closing|