The report of the Deputy Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, dated 25 September 2013 (S/2013/572) updates the Council on the international security presence in Kosovo during the period from 1 April to 30 June 2013. The report focuses on the security situation and operations and is short and informative.
There are no references that include a gender perspective that takes into account the women, peace and security agenda.
There are several missed opportunities, mainly, providing information on the gender aspects of the force, such as composition or relevant training, as well as referring to the effects of violence in the north on the civilian population, particularly women.
In relation to the most recent recommendations specific to KFOR put forth in the 2011-2012 MAP report, the Security General of KFOR’s report’s record is inadequate. The Secretary General provides no gender-disaggregated data available related to the presence of female personnel in the force and fails to provide a gender lens in the operations of KFOR. Further, the promotion and protection of women civilian’s human rights is absent from the report.
The absence of women, peace, and security issues in Deputy Secretary General of NATO report of 25 September 2013 (S/2013/572) is on par with the previous report of 21 May 2013 (S/2013/317). Both reports fail to incorporate a gender perspective in the composition of the force and in training. Further, the report does not consider the gender-specific impact of violence upon women civilians in Northern Kosovo.