IPSTC BIDS FAREWELL OUTGOING UK DEFENCE ADVISOR TO KENYA

IPSTC staff bid a heartfelt farewell to Brigadier Ronnie Westerman, the Defence Advisor UK to Kenya, as she concludes her tour of duty. During the farewell ceremony, Brigadier Sitienei, Director IPSTC, expressed gratitude for Brigadier Westerman's unwavering support and guidance over the past three years. In her speech, she emphasized the invaluable support from the UK government during this period, which facilitated numerous successful events and training sessions. These included 4 events with 85 participants in 2021, 23 events with 515 participants in 2022, 20 events with 389 participants in 2023, and 6 events with approximately 128 participants in 2024 so far, collectively representing 23% of IPSTC's activities.
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The Centre is profoundly thankful for this significant support and eagerly anticipates continuing the fruitful partnership between IPSTC and the Government of UK. The Centre also looks forward to exploring additional areas of collaboration to enhance training and research in peace support.
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2024 CELEBRATION

Celebrating International Women's Day at IPSTC! Under the theme "Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress," we reflect on our journey towards gender equality and the work that still lies ahead.
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At IPSTC, gender balance isn't just a goal—it's a reality! From 11% in 2013 to an impressive 34% in 2023, women are playing a significant role in leadership and decision-making.
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This year, the campaign theme "Inspire Inclusion," emphasizes the importance of breaking down barriers and valuing the unique contributions of all women.
 
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Our International Women's Day celebration was graced by an incredible lineup of speakers, each boasting extensive experience and prestigious awards in their respective fields.
 
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IPSTC AND BRIGADIER JOYCE SITIEINEI HONOURED WITH PRESTIGIOUS TRAILBLAZERS AWARD

Our Director, Brigadier Joyce Sitienei received the prestigious Trailblazers Award and Recognition from His Excellency Dr. William Samoei Ruto, C.G.H., President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, at the International Women's Day 2024 ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Gender, Culture, The Arts, and Heritage. She was honored in the Peace and Security category. Additionally, the International Peace Support Training Centre was acknowledged for its exceptional efforts in promoting gender equality and empowering women. Our Director proudly accepted both awards during the International Women's Day National Celebration in Embu.
 
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Furthermore, Police Advisor to IPSTC SSP Zipporah Nderitu was also feted for the Trailblazers Award and Recognition Program - Access to Justice Category and International Association of Women of Police - Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children award.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to our trailblazers, acknowledging and commending them for a job exceptionally well done.
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