Canadian Armed Forces Gender Aide-mémoire: Integrating Gender Perspectives in Operations

2 May 2006 - Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, Afghanistan Corporal Venessa Larter and members of the Canadian Forces are conducting a presence patrol in the Village of Spin Kalacheh. The Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) located at Camp Nathan Smith in the heart of Kandahar City is comprised of approximately 250 soldiers, drawn largely from Land Forces Western Area (LFWA) and 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) based in Shilo, Manitoba and Edmonton, Alberta. Task Force Afghanistan is part of Canada’s contribution to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Canadians and their international partners are helping Afghan people to rebuild their lives, their families, their communities and their nation. The mission is to improve the quality of life of Afghan people by providing a secure environment in which Afghan society can recover from more than 25 years of conflict. Photo by Sergeant Carole Morissette Task Force Afghanistan Roto Imagery Technician. ***Le 2 mai 2006 - La caporale afghane Venessa Larter et des membres des Forces canadiennes effectuent une patrouille de présence dans le village de Spin Kalacheh, dans l’équipe de reconstruction de la province de Kandahar. L’équipe de reconstruction de la province de Kandahar (ERPK) située au Camp Nathan Smith, au cœur de la ville de Kandahar, est composée d’environ 250 soldats, principalement issus de la Zone de l’ouest de la Force terrestre (SOFT) et du 1 er Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada (1 GBMC) basé à Shilo. Manitoba et Edmonton, Alberta. La Force opérationnelle en Afghanistan fait partie de la contribution du Canada à la République islamique d’Afghanistan. Les Canadiens et leurs partenaires internationaux aident les Afghans à reconstruire leur vie, leur famille, leur communauté et leur pays. La mission consiste à améliorer la qualité de vie des Afghans en créant un environnement sûr dans lequel la société afghane peut se remettre de plus de 25 ans de conflit. Photo par le Sergent Carole Morissette, Roto 1 de la Force opérationnelle en Afghanistan, Technicien en imagerie.

The Integrating Gender Perspective in Operations Aide-mémoire was officially launched during the United Nations Women, Peace and Security Chiefs of Defence (CHoDs) Network meeting in New York on 10 July 2019 when General Vance became Chair. The aim of the Aide-mémoire is to help Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members consider and use gender perspectives during the operational planning process. In addition, this product is a practical resource available to the Defence Team, and indeed NATO and the UN.

Canada’s knowledge and understanding of the role of gender perspectives in planning missions and conducting operations, at home and abroad is constantly evolving. This is a a valuable tool now available in that continuum.

The Aide-mémoire will be integrated into leadership and operational planning training for officers and non-commissioned members and further shared with international partners.

The Aide-mémoire has been in development for over two years and we thank those who contributed significant time and effort towards achieving this product.

The booklet is available online in both English and French:

(https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/corporate/reports-publications/integrating-gender-perspectives-operations.html

https://www.canada.ca/fr/ministere-defense-nationale/organisation/rapports-publications/integrer-perspective-genres-operations.html.

I am issuing this Gender Aide-mémoire to assist all members of the CAF to integrate gender perspectives and the principles of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) into operations. I want to be clear that GBA+ is not only about gender—this approach can be applied to situations relating to children, fighting-age males, or any other specific group experiencing salient threats in an operational area.

J.H. Vance

General, Chief of the Defence Staff

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  • Members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) plan to assess the damage caused by a simulated earthquake on February 21, 2017 during Exercise READY RENAISSANCE at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, BC, during Exercise READY RENAISSANCE, an annual training exercise that helps the DART maintain a constant state of high readiness to deploy internationally on short notice. 

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Des membres de l’Équipe d’intervention en cas de catastrophe (EICC) planifient l’évaluation des dommages causés par un tremblement de terre simulé à la Base des Forces canadiennes Esquimalt, en C. B., le 21 février 2017, au cours de l’exercice READY RENAISSANCE, un exercice d’entraînement annuel permettant à l’EICC de maintenir un état constant de disponibilité opérationnelle élevée afin de pouvoir être déployée à l’étranger à court préavis.

Photo : Cplc True-dee McCarthy, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes
IS05-2017-0005-005Members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) plan to assess the damage caused by a simulated earthquake on February 21, 2017 during Exercise READY RENAISSANCE at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, BC, during Exercise READY RENAISSANCE, an annual training exercise that helps the DART maintain a constant state of high readiness to deploy internationally on short notice. Photo: MCpl True-dee McCarthy, Canadian Forces Combat Camera IS05-2017-0005-005 ~ Des membres de l’Équipe d’intervention en cas de catastrophe (EICC) planifient l’évaluation des dommages causés par un tremblement de terre simulé à la Base des Forces canadiennes Esquimalt, en C. B., le 21 février 2017, au cours de l’exercice READY RENAISSANCE, un exercice d’entraînement annuel permettant à l’EICC de maintenir un état constant de disponibilité opérationnelle élevée afin de pouvoir être déployée à l’étranger à court préavis. Photo : Cplc True-dee McCarthy, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes IS05-2017-0005-005

  • Kimpoko, Democratic Republic of Congo - Kimpoko’s village leader, Sister Ghislaine, and Major Andre St-Martin, a member of Task Force Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) deployed on Operation CROCODILE reminisce about the projects completed in the village by the Canadian Armed Forces while looking at some photographs of Canadian’s that have previously visited the village. Photo by: Sergeant Matthew McGregor, Canadian Forces Combat Camera© 2011 DND-MDN Canada.  ***Kimpoko, République démocratique du Congo, soeur Ghislaine, chef de village, et le major André St-Martin, membre de la Force opérationnelle en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) déployée dans le cadre de l'opération CROCODILE, évoquent les projets réalisés dans le village par les Forces canadiennes à quelques photographies de Canadiens qui ont déjà visité le village. Photo par: Sergent Matthew McGregor, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes © 2011 DND-MDNKimpoko, Democratic Republic of Congo - Kimpoko’s village leader, Sister Ghislaine, and Major Andre St-Martin, a member of Task Force Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) deployed on Operation CROCODILE reminisce about the projects completed in the village by the Canadian Armed Forces while looking at some photographs of Canadian’s that have previously visited the village. Photo by: Sergeant Matthew McGregor, Canadian Forces Combat Camera© 2011 DND-MDN Canada. ***Kimpoko, République démocratique du Congo, soeur Ghislaine, chef de village, et le major André St-Martin, membre de la Force opérationnelle en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) déployée dans le cadre de l'opération CROCODILE, évoquent les projets réalisés dans le village par les Forces canadiennes à quelques photographies de Canadiens qui ont déjà visité le village. Photo par: Sergent Matthew McGregor, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes © 2011 DND-MDN
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