The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) held a one-day workshop titled “Understanding Gendered Security in Crisis Management” Feb. 18.

This workshop brought 20 subject matter experts together, along with all 110 Fellows attending the Center’s Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM) Course 20-1, to understand a gendered security approach and apply its principles of gendered perspective, participation, prevention, and protection as a crisis management frame.

CCM 20-1 Fellows found the intersection between course and workshop to be highly useful to understanding gendered security in crisis management.  Lectures, panels, discussions and working groups each afforded Fellows the opportunity to interact with established gendered security experts to better understand the fundamentals of gendered security.

Subject matter experts gained valuable insights into the perceptions of Fellows from the region.  Noting that Women, Peace and Security (WPS) is the global framework to address gendered security, the concept was framed as an approach that arises from the community, deems individuals the focus of security, and accounts for gender-based needs and interests of women, men, girls, and boys; or simply stated: gendered security is gender-nuanced security. Applying its four principles of gendered perspective, participation, prevention, and protection, the participants formed eight working groups that successfully designed gendered security approaches that addressed eight notional crises.