Clare Hutchinson has recently been appointed NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security. She is the high focal point on all aspects of NATO’s contribution to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, with the aim to facilitate coordination and consistency in NATO’s policies and activities and to take forward the implementation of the NATO/EAPC Policy and Action Plan on the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and related resolutions.
Ms. Hutchinson is a seasoned gender advocate who has worked as a Senior Gender Adviser with the United Nations for over a decade. She has been instrumental in setting the strategic development of Women Peace and Security for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping in New York. She has also directed the operationalization Kosovo and Lebanon.
Born and educated in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, Ms. Hutchinson studied theatre and started her career in broadcasting and public relations, working in public radio and freelance reporting in Canada an the UK. She later obtained her Masters of International Relations and Maters of Research from the University of Newcastle University. She moved to Canada in 1991 and is a Canadian citizen, residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Ms. Hutchinson has long been a champion for women’s issues, working with women’s groups for many years and supporting projects for women’s empowerment. She worked in the burgeoning ICT industry as a communications expert for internet start-ups and led projects that helped women and young people utilise technology. She continues to support women specific technology projects and mentors young women to explore non-traditional skills.
Ms. Hutchinson is an avid traveler and photographer, and supporter of the arts.