A Gender in Peace Support Operations (PSO) Course started today at the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) training facility in Musanze and will run up to 21 January 2022. The course is organized in partnership between the Rwanda Peace Academy, the Government of Japan (GoJ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The objective of the course is to enhance the capacity of the regional participants in understanding the concepts of gender in Peace Support Operations; how and why conflicts affect men and women differently; the importance of having more women participation in PSO; and the significance of mainstreaming gender in all PSO policies, programs and operations.‘’ The Government of Japan is pleased to partner with the Government of Rwanda in building the capacity of regional security sector actors in peace support operations, focusing on women who are mostly affected during violent conflicts”, says Tahara Kentaro, the Coordinator for Economic Cooperation at the Embassy of Japan in Kigali.
A total of 29 military, police, correction service and civilian personnel from three African countries, namely: Kenya, Rwanda and Somalia are attending the course.
Under this partnership and within the framework of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the Government of Japan has offered financial support to enhance the capacities of regional security sector actors in conflict prevention, conflict management, resolution and peacebuilding. Reflecting on Gender in PSO training, the UNDP Resident Representative, Maxwell Gomera, says “It is critically important and absolutely necessary, to mainstream gender in Peace Support Operations, for effective conflict management and peacebuilding”.
“The support from the Government and people of Japan has been instrumental in building the capacity of regional security sector personnel thereby contributing to the operational readiness of the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) in effectively responding to peace support needs in the region”, said Colonel (Rtd) Jill Rutaremara, the Director of RPA. The Rwanda Peace Academy looks forward to continued partnership, he added.