As part of her work as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security, Nicola secured a meeting with Defence Minister Julian Brazier MP to discuss the work of the Ministry of Defence in preventing sexual violence in conflict, and encourage the department in its delivery of the UK’s National Action Plan.
Also attending the meeting were officials from the Ministry of Defence, members of the APPG and Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS), the Assistant Head of UN and OSCE Policy, and a former British Army Officer now Gender Advisor for the UN mission in the DRC, who were able to share their expertise on the practical implementation of guidance on gender issues in the military.
Julien Brazier assured the group of the MOD’s commitment to increasing women’s empowerment, giving women a voice to decision-makers, and training military personnel on women, peace and security. UN officials were also able to update the APPG on the valuable work of Gender Focal Groups, which provide a trained person in each base as an important link to communicate initiatives from women to soldiers.
Crucially, the MOD will ensure militaries are engaged for the effective implementation of women, peace and security obligations, and has promised to work closely with other Government departments such as the Department for International Development and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to achieve this.
For more information about the work of the APPG and the GAPS organisation please visit: http://www.gaps-uk.org/