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Function : NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security
Speech : Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security
Twitter : @NATO1325
The Secretary General appointed Clare Hutchinson as NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security in January 2018. She is thus the high focal point on all aspects of NATO’s contribution to the Women, Peace and Security agenda. In this capacity, her aim is to facilitate coordination and consistency in NATO’s policies and activities and to take forward the implementation of the NATO/EAPC Policy and Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
Ms. Hutchinson is a seasoned gender advocate who has worked as a Senior Gender Adviser with the United Nations for over a decade. She was instrumental in setting the strategic development of Women, Peace and Security for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping in New York. She also directed the operationalization of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Kosovo and Lebanon.
Born and educated in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, Ms. Hutchinson studied theatre and started her career in broadcasting and public relations, working in public radio and freelance reporting in Canada an the UK. She later obtained her Master’s Degree in International Relations and a further Master’s Degree in Political Research from the University of Newcastle University. She moved to Canada in 1991 and is a Canadian citizen, residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Ms. Hutchinson has long been a champion for women’s issues, working with women’s groups for many years and supporting projects for women’s empowerment across a broad spectrum. She worked in the burgeoning ICT industry as a communications expert for internet start-ups and led projects that helped women and young people to utilise technology effectively. She continues to support women-specific technology projects and to mentor young women in the exploration of non-traditional skills.
Ms. Hutchinson is an avid traveler and photographer, and a keen supporter of the arts.
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