Bosnian Minister of Defense, Marina Pendeš, and Commander of the European Union force in Bosnia, Major General Anton Waldner, hosted a conference at the Armed Forces House in Sarajevo entitled “Recruiting and Retaining the Best Women (and Men) in the Defense and Security Sector” to mark International Women’s Day.
The conference participants heard about the progress and challenges that they experience in trying to raise the representation of women in their services. Commander EUFOR, Minister Pendeš, Bosnian Minister of Security, Dragan Mektic, the Ambassador of Sweden, Anders Hagelberg, the Chairperson of the Coordination Board for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 “Women, Peace and Security”, Samra Filipovic-Hadžiabdić, Commander NHQ Sa, Brigadier General Robert Huston, and Deputy Head of EU Delegation, Khaldoun Sinno, spoke of the success of their organizations’ gender equality policies to date, and expressed their determination to continue to build upon it with the aim of achieving more gender-balanced and representative organisations.
The second part of the conference saw organisations present some of their challenges and measures they have taken in their aim to become more attractive to women. The Ministry of Defense, the Republika Srpska Ministry of the Interior, the State Investigation and Protection Agency, EUFOR Troop Contributing Nations, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the United States of America on behalf of NATO provided an international perspective on the positive role that women play as part of their organizations.