ROME, MARCH 29 – A study by the Institute of International Affairs (IAI), in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense, entitled “Women in International missions; Italy’s experience in Herat” will be presented to the Italian parliament on Thursday. Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti is scheduled to intervene. Also, a report entitled “The courage of Music”, filmed in Afghanistan by Sabrina Scampini and Danilo Bianchi will be aired during the presentation.
Paola Sartori and Alessandra Scalia, the two young IAI researchers who conducted the study, explain that they were inspired by the Minister’s words about the importance of women’s role in international missions during the presentation of ‘Women in International Security”: their presence has amplified the Armed Forces’ range of action to situations where connecting with local populations represents a key aspect of the mission.
The study focused on evaluating women’s contribution to international security taking Afghanistan and specifically, the Heart region under consideration. Research was carried out on location and witnessed the influence of civil and military cooperation (CIMIC) implemented by the Italian contingent as part of the ISAF and Resolute Support missions whose specific goal is to improve the condition of Afghan women. Defense Chief of Staff, General Claudio Graziano, the Vice-director of IAI, Nathalie Tocci and the President of Rai, Monica Maggioni will also attend the presentation.
Italy has been in Afghanistan for more than a decade. From 2005 to 2014, it led the Western Regional Comand (RC-W) as part of the ISAF mission assigned to stabilization and reconstruction efforts in the Heart, Badghis, Ghowr and Farah provinces.
The ISAF mission drew to a close at the end of 2014 and was replaced on January 1, 2015 by the NATO-led mission “Resolute Support”. Centered on training, consulting and assisting the Afghan Armed Forces (Afghan National Security Forces – ANSF) and institutions, the new mission, by working at the highest levels in the chain of command, aims to strengthen its effectiveness and self-sufficiency. Italy partakes in the mission with more than 900 units. (@OnuItalia/VB)