SADC Training of Trainers’ course on Gender kicks-off

02 Apr 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 APR (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Defence, along with the Institute for Security Studies on Tuesday launched a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Training of Trainers Course on Gender Mainstreaming and dealing with Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Peace Operations.
Billy Mwaningange, the Deputy Minister of Defence, said during the official opening ceremony in the capital that the two week course signifies the importance of the programme on the tackling of Gender Based Violence and its impact in peacekeeping operations in SADC.
He added that Namibia has also contributed to the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and SADC peacekeeping operations whenever requested to contribute troops and other forms of assistance since independence.
“As I speak today, Namibia has so far participated in 13 peacekeeping missions under the mandate of UN, AU or SADC,” the deputy minister said.
During the first week of the course, focus will be placed on gender mainstreaming, concepts, gender analysis and how to implement the emended implementation in the mission as well as in the organisation itself.
The second week will focus on giving civilians, police and military the skills on how to respond to sexual and gender based violence and how to prevent it in conflict situations.
About 19 participants from Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe are attending the course.