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Swedish military distributes gender manual to officers

Associated Press Associated Press 15/09/2016

STOCKHOLM — Sweden's Armed Forces have published a "gender manual" to make officers pay more attention to equality between the sexes at home and on foreign missions.

Vice Adm. Jan Thornqvist on Thursday told The Associated Press the purpose is to implement a gender perspective in operations and attract more women to the military.

He says in foreign peacekeeping operations that could mean asking women and children about their security needs, not just local leaders who often are men.

The manual has examples of situations where officers could apply a gender perspective, including when considering disruptions from a bridge closure during an exercise.

The manual says: "Do a gender analysis to understand who uses the bridge and how."

Thornqvist said about 400 copies will be distributed. The manual also is available online.

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