A member of the Brazilian Navy, who will be speaking at the event, is responsible for drawing up the inter-American “Women, Peace and Security” Program.
The participation of women in the Armed Forces is not a recent issue and, in the Brazilian Navy, they have been active for 43 years. As the first gender and human rights advisor to the General Secretariat of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), Lieutenant Commander Taryn Machado Senez is tasked with writing the “Women, Peace and Security” Program to guide 29 inter-American member states on this issue.
On September 28, at 9 a.m. (Washington-DC time), she will speak at the seminar “Women, Peace and Security”, promoted by the IADB and broadcast on the institution’s YouTube channel, in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The event is open to all and registrations can be made directly on the website www.jid.org. In an interview with Agência Marinha de Notícias, Lieutenant Commander Taryn talks about the event and highlights the importance of the role of military women in conflict situations.
What is the seminar on “Women, Peace and Security”?
The aim of the seminar is to disseminate successful experiences from a gender perspective in the field of hemispheric defense and security, as well as to contribute to cooperation between the countries of the continent in this area. The seminar should inspire positive change and contribute to greater participation by women in promoting peace and security in the inter-American region. There are already 5,000 registered and, interestingly, we have more men registered than women, from 35 countries. We’ve really broadened our horizons.
What is the importance of this seminar for the women who make up the Armed Forces?
During the seminar, military women will have the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges. This can lead to the identification of best practices and strategies, promoting inclusion and equality. In addition, it can offer specific education and training opportunities to address gender issues in the Armed Forces.
Several personalities, with extensive experience leading humanitarian missions around the world, will participate in the event and point out the strategic advantages of integrating women into the military and security domains. They will also highlight the unique capabilities that women offer, especially in building relationships and creating lasting alliances.
How did the agenda on “Women, Peace and Security” come to your attention?
My journey so far has been marked by personal, educational and professional experiences that have made me understand the importance of this cause. My academic background in psychology gave me a deeper understanding of human dynamics; mental health issues; and the importance of interpersonal relationships. It was crucial to understand the specific needs of women in conflict situations and how this affects their mental and emotional health.
One of the most memorable moments in my career was my experience as a crew member in a General Purpose Helicopter Squadron, where I was the only woman among 240 men. This allowed me to understand the challenges faced by women in sectors that are traditionally dominated by men. It was an opportunity to demonstrate that women are capable and valuable in any role.
Another important episode in my career was taking part in the United Nations course at the Peace Operations Center of the Chinese Ministry of Defense. There were 40 women from 25 different countries. I interacted with professionals from all over the world and broadened my understanding of security, gender and human rights issues in a global context.
What are the activities carried out by military women in conflict situations?
The inclusion of women in peace missions increases the diversity of perspectives. They are able to have a unique understanding of the needs and concerns of women and children, which must be taken into account for effective planning of operations. In addition, they have better access to local communities, which is key to delivering humanitarian assistance and building the trust of affected populations.
The female presence also serves as an example of gender equality, demonstrating that women can play active and significant roles in all spheres, including the military. Another important factor in the actions of female soldiers is the prevention of and response to gender-based violations in conflict situations, including sexual and gender-based violence.
Fonte: Agência Marinha de Notícias