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CNA Inclusive NatSec Reflections from Carla Koppell

Annaleah WesterhaugZoe Dutton
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Covering a range of regions and development issues, Koppell shared her perspectives on both diversity and inclusion efforts and the risks of not thinking about gender in a nuanced way. Koppell mentioned a range of goals, including integrating male stakeholders into international development gender projects to “avoid preaching to the choir,” expanding monitoring and evaluation efforts to better consider qualitative variables, and bridging communication gaps between agencies to take a whole-of-government approach. Below are some takeaways from the event.

Reflections from Carla Koppell

Meaningfully including women in international development leads to better results. Including the voices of women in planning, implementation, and evaluation of both programs and strategy is crucial for a holistic approach to solving development and security problems.

The absence of quantitative data—specifically data on intersectionality—is a problem for those active in international development. Although it is known that those most at risk of disenfranchisement are those with multiple marginalized identities, we lack data on how intersectionality really affects gender issues.

Lack of data must not be used as an excuse to ignore facts that are known to be true. Crucial issues and problems cannot go unaddressed indefinitely while waiting for the perfect metric or the perfect study. For example, although comprehensive data on the increase in domestic violence during the pandemic are lacking, this increase is a problem that should still be addressed.
Domestic social movements often offer insights that are relevant globally, such as the #MeToo movement, which helped spark women’s rights campaigns in India and Colombia, among other countries. The US needs to lead from a position of humility; we still have work to do at home.

Recognizing that the expectations around men can bring baggage and difficulty is important. For example, among male gang or militia members, respect and ambition in the community can be tied to a willingness to engage in violence. In other words, violence may sometimes connect to rigid expectations about what it means to be a man.

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  • Pages: 1
  • Document Number: CCP-2022-U-032014-Final
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2022
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