In 2000, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and set the goal that the international community must always consider the gender perspective in the resolution of conflicts.
Yet I find that when we discuss women in national defence and security, this discussion should first and above all be based on understanding what national defence in Estonia is like.
National defence in Estonia is comprehensive in essence. The Estonian security policy is based on a broad approach. This is a concept that covers the entire society. It is the understanding of security as the capability of a state and its people to defend their inherent inner values and goals from various external political, military, economic and social threats and risks.
Our usual thinking pattern of national defence links it to iron, men in uniforms and ammunition. But national defence actually starts with our values and our will to defend. It starts with us appreciating the value of being ourselves. Estonia's approach to security is based on the belief that the purpose of security is to protect human rights, fundamental liberties and main human values. These values determine our way of life and Estonia also stands for them on a broader scale.
Women also have their natural place in national defence. Everyone – men and women, boys and girls, the young and the old – is needed to protect and maintain this state. Everyone has a place. It could be as an infantry soldier, a person who evacuates children, a news reporter, a communications officer, a teacher, a doctor, a fighter in the cyber unit of the Defence League.
President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, departed for Brussels today where she will participate in an annual trans-Atlantic high-level foreign and security policy conference, the Brussels Forum.
Today President Kersti Kaljulaid received in Kadriorg Letters of Credence from Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, Teresa Orjales Vidal, who resides in Tallinn; Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Renuka Damayanthie Rajapakse, who resides in Stockholm; and Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sherif Yehia Refaat, who resides in Helsinki.
"The organisation of basic and hobby education in teaching Estonian, Russian and Latvian speaking children in Valga and Valka set a good example for other Estonian regions where children speak different mother tongues," said President Kersti Kaljulaid. The Head of State is on a two-day tour of Valga county and paid a visit today to Valga Pääsuke Nursery and Valka Art School.