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  1. Slovenian female soldiers in the field Janja Vuga

  2. Female soldiers and members of the police • 1997 – Slovenia sent first soldiers and members of the police to the peace operation in Albania; • Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) consists of approx. 15 % women; • Slovenian police consists of approx. 6 % women. • Female members of the police since 1974; • Female members of SAF since 1991; • First female member of the police on the peace operation in 2000 in Kosovo (UNMIK – CIVPOL).

  3. Gender based perception of obstacles Female • Physical capability; • Male environment; • Lack of time for family; • Promotion vs. motherhood. Male • Physical and psychological capability; • Weakening the team cohesion; • Traditional role.

  4. The number of Slovenian female soldiers in Peace Operations between 2005 and 2009

  5. The geographical dispersion of female soldiers

  6. Public support

  7. Few positions entrusted to female members of the SAF and the police Slovenian Armed Forces • 1999: female deputy commander of SVNCON in Cyprus; • 2000: female commander of SVNCON in Cyprus; • 2004: female commander of SVNCON in Bosnia; • 2008: the commander of the SVNCON, senior representative and the chief of Infoops division in Bosnia; • 2008: female deputy commanders in Afghanistan; • 2008: female deputy commander in Kosovo; • 2009: female officers on different levels of staff positions in KFOR and EUFOR HQ and in the Slovenian battle group in Kosovo. Slovenian Police • Police officers on the field; • Airport officials; • Regional Crime Squad.

  8. Why gender mixed teams in peace operations make sense? • To be a role model; • To establish contacts with local women; • To include local women; • To define priorities; • To “soften” the male environment.