IPSTC’s delegation attended a 3-day conference at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Djibouti for an experience sharing and learning conference on enhancing the capacity of women in strategic Communications. The conference was officially opened by His Excellency Dr. Workneh Gebeyahu, Executive Secretary of IGAD
The aim of the workshop was to enhance women’s capacity on how to utilize strategic communication to prevent and counter violent extremism by developing and disseminating alternative narratives and counter messages against violent extremist ideologies in their communities.
In addition, the conference provided an in-depth understanding of Violent Extremism in the region- Debunking factors enabling mass recruitment into VE groups in the region.
(L-R Colonel Mwasigwa-Head of Research IPSTC and Colonel Guleid Col Plans & Programs)
The team led by Col I K Guleid paid a Courtesy call to the Charge d’Affaires, Mr. Saadia Salim at the Kenyan Embassy in Djibouti after the conference.
The conference which was captured in the country’s local news provided a platform for participants to discuss peace and security initiatives represented by each organization and their contribution to preventing and countering violent extremism.
Every year, people from all parts of the world join to celebrate International Women’s Day. A day that grew out of a labour movement in the 1900s when women demanded shorter working hours, better pay, and the right to vote. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in four countries- Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.
Over the years, there has been a significant shift in perception regarding women's capabilities and roles in society. This year the International Peace Support Training Centre held a Conference to celebrate the role of women in advancing the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. This year’s campaign theme was titled, " Break the Bias", and called for a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
(Brig. J C Sitienei Director IPSTC giving her speech during the IWD Conference)
The conference had five panelists who engaged the plenary in discussions on National Perspectives On Women Peace and Security within the UNSCR 1325 Framework, Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality in Peace and Security in the Kenya Defence Forces and Peace Support Operations, Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality: Human Rights-Based Approach through advocacy, policy Engagement and Practice, Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality in Peace and Security within the National Police Service, Status of Women Participation in Peace Support Operations in the Horn of Africa and Women participation in peacebuilding.
Gender balance, non-discrimination, accountability, and organizational culture lies at the core of what we aim to achieve as IPSTC. Through our 2015 Gender Policy, we have integrated gender issues in our training, research, and education activities. Over the years IPSTC has trained over 15,000 female participants from 188 countries. This represents 31% female participation in our courses drawn from military, police, and civilian personnel.
(Mr. Anthony Njoroge and Ms. Alexandra Shisanya - Save the Children during the IWD Conference)
(Ms. Anne Kilimo- ICRC during the IWD conference)
(A group of participants poses for a photo during the IWD Conference)