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Sample Lesson Plans for Teaching Gender to the Military


Security Sector Reform Working Group and Education Development Working Group of the Partnership for Peace Consortium


The 17th meeting of the Security Sector Reform Working Group of the Partnership for Peace Consortium, hosted in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 12 to 14 December 2012 in collaboration with the Education Development Working Group and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, brought together experts on military education, gender training for the military and integrating gender in military operations.2 They shared experiences and collectively identified good practices in teaching gender concepts and content to the military, and developed three sample lesson plans.

The three lesson plans were as following:

(1) Applying gender at a Tactical Level

Audience: Infantry group (approx. twelve to fifteen soldiers plus one group commander and one deputy group commander)

(2) Integrating Gender Perspective into Operations

Audience: NATO Senior Officers (Combined-Joint) (COL and above)

(3) Why & How to Include Gender In Operational Planning Staff Work

Audience: Majors to Lieutenant Colonels, Staff College (national officers), Defence Academy Level