Driving Diversity at NATO

March 25 2019 by Miguel Pone


Diversity does not happen on its own. It needs to be driven by political will and good intentions enabled and, most importantly, momentum must be maintained. This is not just a question of having the right regulations, policy frameworks and directives in place. Champions are needed, who create a spirit of inclusion, at all levels of an organisation. This is particularly true at NATO, given that defence and security have traditionally been perceived as a male domain.

To mark International Women’s Day, let us take a quick look at how far NATO has progressed in promoting gender balance. #PressForParity

What do the figures say?

  • Based on figures from the 2017 Annual Diversity and Inclusion Report, at the NATO-wide level:
  • Women represent 26 per cent of just over 5,700 civilian staff employed across NATO entities.
  • Allied Command Operations, NATO Headquarters and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency have relatively higher proportions of female civilian employees (38 per cent, 39 per cent and 29 per cent respectively) compared to other NATO entities. However, the majority of female civilian staff are employed in support and administrative positions.



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