The Commanding Officers seminar focuses on how Commanding Officers, Chiefs of Staff’s and branch heads can integrate gender perspectives into military operations on operational and tactical level. The participants will gain background knowledge of frameworks and guidelines regulating gender perspectives in military operations. The seminar will also provide practical examples of how appointed Gender Advisors and Gender Focal Points can assist the commander during planning and conduct of military operations and how commanding officers can support subordinated staff and units to integrate gender in daily work.

Target audience

The seminar is intended for participants about to deploy or become appointed as Commanding Officers, Chief Of Staff or Branch Heads at J-level (rank OF 4-6) or in equivalent civilian position.

Learning objectives

After completing the seminar, the participants will be able to:

  • Explain how the inclusion of gender perspectives into decision-making will increase operational effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate belief in the importance of gender perspectives in accordance with framework and guidelines.



The seminar will consist of lectures, round table and panel discussions, together with facilitated discussions in seminar format. Case studies and tasks will be given to be solved either in syndicate format or on individual basis. The Seminar will be conducted in an interactive way and every participant is required to take part in the discussions and share his or hers expectations and experiences.


  • UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions on Women, Peace and security.
  • NATO Bi-SC Directive 40-1.
  • NATO Education and training plan for Gender in Military Operations.

Student Assessment

The students will be assessed through formative assessments during plenary and syndicate work. The seminar includes a final summative assessment where students will be asked to present a short back brief in accordance with a given task.


Gender CO Seminar: 29 November - 1 December 2016

Gender CO Seminar: 5 - 7 December 2017