Speech at the Extraordinary Meeting on Women’s Leadership in Hemispheric Security

On March 9, the Inter-American Defense Board participated as a speaker at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Committee on Hemispheric Security of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, held as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day, an academic event that seeks to strengthen women’s leadership in the security of the continent.

Captain Helen Huambo, a member of the Secretariat of the Board, made a presentation on the integration of women of the Armed Forces of the Member States in the organization’s activities. She highlighted that the presence of female personnel in the history of the IADB has been progressive and has adapted to the advancement of women in the military career, beginning in 2017 when the first officer of the Brazilian Navy was appointed and assumed functions within its organizational structure. Currently, the Inter-American Defense Board has four military women from Brazil and Peru, who fulfill professional duties in the General Secretariat of the IADB.

This event is one of the activities planned to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the creation of the IADB, consistent with its mission as a technical, consultative and educational body on military and defense matters in the hemisphere. Also, activities such as the seminar and the magazine Women Peace and Security and the 1st Basic Course on Assistance and Protection in Chemical Emergencies for female personnel of the Armed Forces of the OPCW-IADB member states (online) were planned.