First-Ever Global and Regional Gender Trend Analysis Released by the PDC and USINDOPACOM’s Office of Women, Peace, and Security
The University of Hawaii’s center for research and applied science, the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), has shared the results of a year-long collaborative research and analysis effort undertaken in partnership with the Office of Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) and Security (WPS) Women, Peace and Security (WPS) on April 5 and 27, 2022. Presented virtually as two working sessions on the application of WPS findings, the sessions have helped stakeholders understand the drivers of gender inequality and how WPS analysis can improve programmatic efforts to improve gender equality. based on resilience, peace and security around the world.
Participants from across the Indo-Pacific were welcomed to the event by USINDOPACOM’s Regional and Multinational Engagement Advisor for Strategic Planning and Policy, Air Commodore Christopher Robson, who described the recent US Department of Defense (DoD) requirements to integrate gender analysis into security cooperation planning and processes.
“It’s not just informative, but transformative,” Commodore Robson said. “This is the first time the DoD has commissioned a research project to get an accurate picture of current gender trends around the world, with a focus on the INDOPACOM region.”
Robson explained how the results will help to eliminate previous gender blind spots and address destabilizing factors in the region due to gender inequality. The analysis, Robson said, will more effectively identify the root causes of instability and help partner countries with the tools to understand the unique security needs of men, women, boys and girls who are affected differently by conflicts and crises.
Results of the global analysis on women, peace and security based on the first-ever composite gender-sensitivity index.
WPS analyst Dr Dee Sawyers echoed Commodore’s sentiments, stressing the importance of the first data-driven gender-sensitivity baseline assessment, the result of a year-long collaborative effort. with PDC and USINDOPACOM WPS.
Described as a tool for integrating and operationalizing WPS concepts, Dr Sawyers said: “The body of work provides key indicators of the destabilizing factors identified in previous human security research products within organizations such as United Nations, USAID and the Red Cross. The Baseline Assessment Analysis is a planning tool for practitioners that clarifies and reinforces DoD policies and practices such as the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability, known as U.S. Global Fragility Act.
Dr. Joseph Green of PDC and Dr. Dee Sawyers of USINDOPACOM discuss the application of WPS analysis results.
The methodology and regional results were presented by PDC’s Dr. Joseph Green, Director of Applied Science and Advanced Analytics. He explained how some indicators, although not often perceived as gender-specific, can be cross-cutting and have an impact on gender-specific security issues. At the end of the session, key takeaways from the discussion included ways that USINDOPACOM could leverage WPS analysis for its own security planning activities. WPS analyst Dr. Dee Sawyers further outlined several avenues for working with partner countries to remove barriers to women’s participation in their own national security forces and programs.
“I would like to thank each of you in the audience for your efforts to integrate WPS into the design of your security cooperation engagement and partner nation capacity building, and for your overall focus on security. This is indeed a paradigm shift in our approach to human security, and it requires the application of new tools such as those presented today.
PDC has also worked with US Northern Command and US Southern Command for similar assessments in their regions. PDC is committed to ensuring that underrepresented populations are included in analysis in all areas affecting humanitarian assistance, security and disaster risk reduction.