For the first time in 43 years, Portugal will chair the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives. Major Diana Morais, current Vice-President, was unanimously elected for the position of Chair.

The NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives was established in 1976, and is one of the oldest in the Alliance. This advisory body of the Military Committee promotes gender perspectives in the Alliance’s military operations and the implementation of United Nations resolutions in this area.

Over the next two years, Portugal and the Netherlands will co-chair the Executive Committee, and in 2021, Major Diana Morais will take over from the current Chair, Lieutenant Colonel Corine Van Nieuwburg-Hofte.

For the Portuguese Minister of Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, "This historic election has a special symbolism since it recognizes the merit of Portugal and of the Officer in particular. I believe that Major Diana Morais can be a source of inspiration for those who consider a military career".

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