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Students learning how to integrate gender into military operations during the Operational Gender Advisor Course hosted by US Southern Command in Doral, Florida, December 2018. Courtesy of US Air Force/Marcie Mascaro

Moving from Gender Analysis to Risk Analysis of Failing to Consider Gender

Jody M Prescott
RUSI Journal, 5 November 2020
Military Personnel, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
Militaries are used to thinking about how military operations have a gendered impact. They might need to start thinking about how not considering gender impacts military operations.

In wars fought within and ultimately for the support of civilian populations, the gender dimension becomes a vital one. Different efforts to address gender in military operations have shown increasing sophistication in the past few years. One thing that has not been satisfactorily developed, however, is an overarching theory of gender’s operational relevance that would allow it to be fully normalised in military planning and operations. To fill this gap, Jody M Prescott suggests that the gender analysis that is part of military staff products at all operational levels needs to evolve to also consider risk to the mission and its personnel.

BANNER IMAGE: Students learning how to integrate gender into military operations during the Operational Gender Advisor Course hosted by US Southern Command in Doral, Florida, December 2018. Courtesy of US Air Force/Marcie Mascaro

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