FEMALE SOLDIERS IN PSO COURSE

When Security Council Resolution 1325 was released by the United Nations in October 2000, it emphasized the importance of integrating a gender perspective in peacekeeping. This meant recognizing and responding to the impact of wars and conflicts on women and girls, and placing emphasis on the need to include women at all levels of peace processes.

In the Resolution, the UN ambitiously aimed to increase the numbers of women within the ranks of military personnel, police forces, and civilian organizations. Importantly, they endeavored to encourage local women involved in conflicts to participate in the peace process. The Resolution also stressed that military personnel would require specialized training to adequately understand the needs of women and girls in conflict and that female peacekeepers were essential to the integration of this gender perspective.

The 4th serial of Female Soldiers in PSO course which started on 22 March 2021 came to a close on 02 April  2021. The course had participants from four countries namely Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Kenya. The aim of the course is in line with WPS agenda; to develop tactical effectiveness of female soldiers through equipping them with relevant knowledge and skills needed to operate effectively in an increasingly complex PSO environment.

The Opening Ceremony was presided over by the French Defence Attaché to Kenya, Colonel Marc De Block and the closing ceremony by the Col Plans & Progs, Col G O Ohndyl. In attendance in both ceremonies was Chief Instructor PCSS, Lt Col R M Mwasigwa and SO1 Plans & Progs Lt Col Aymeric Molle.

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UNITAR COURSE CLOSING CEREMONY

 

The Strengthening Response Capacities of Uniformed Medical and Para-Medical Personnel Deploying to UN Peace Support Operations course was concluded on 31st March, 2021at HPSS. This was UNITAR's pilot Medical project in Kenya and 3rd to be run in Africa since October 2020.

The ceremony was officiated by Commandant HPSS Col H C Maghanga and Lead Facilitator Mr. Jason Jarvis. Also in attendance were HPSS Staff and UNITAR Facilitators.

The Course aimed at enhancing participants' ability to analyze and evaluate concepts, processes, procedures and principles of First Aid and be able to apply it with precision during their deployment in Mission areas.

The course had 24 participants drawn from KDF (20) and Tanzania Police Service (04) with fair gender representation.Graduands were challenged to disseminate knowledge acquired with their peers at various places of work since teaching is the highest form of understanding.

The Chief Guest thanked UNITAR for their sponsorship and for choosing IPSTC to run the pilot course within the region and welcomed future engagements.

 

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SLWAAM COURSE CLOSING CEREMONY

The Senior Leader's Weapons and Ammunition Accountability and Management course was officially closed on 26th March by Lt Gen (Rtd) Badreldin. Participants included representatives from 12 African countries drawn from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Ghana, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania among others.

Through partnership with Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) and British Peace Support Team Africa (BPST-A), the training sought to respond to the greater need for weapons and ammunition management activities in the face of emerging threats like small arms proliferation which continue to sustain armed conflict, cattle rustling, acts of terrorism and other crimes.

During the course, participants learnt about weapons and ammunition management in a mix of theoretical, interactive and practical sessions. This included an introduction to normative frameworks as well as hands-on exercises in planning, monitoring and evaluation. Participants also had the opportunity to share their experiences and present transitional weapons and ammunition management approaches. As part of the course, participants visited Karen warehouse which provided a practical illustration on safe handling and storage of weapons.

The course is highly recommended as it seeks to develop resources and expertise to enable senior leaders to design effective weapons and ammunition management activities to counter the proliferation of small arms and lights weapons.

Participants finally, took part in the Covid-19 test exercise to ensure clearance and safety as they head back to their countries of origin.

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