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Why gender training for peacekeepers?

United Nations peacekeeping missions operate under the mandate to create conditions for sustainable peace. Peacekeepers work in difficult circumstances where challenges such as gender-based violence, culturally specific gender roles and unequal power relations between peacekeeping personnel and the civilian population have to be addressed adequately. In order to fulfil their mandates and to respond to these challenges, the integration of a gender perspective in all spheres of all peacekeeping missions is essential, as emphasised in the Windhoek Declaration and the Security Council Resolution 1325.

An effective way to promote gender equality in peacekeeping missions is to integrate a gender perspective into peacekeeping training, so that peacekeeping personnel can better understand the social context in which the operations are carried out and the positive and negative impacts that their actions can have on the host country.

This section highlights the efforts to build capacity in peacekeeping missions on gender issues and brings together materials that can be used in gender training. Explore the world map above to find out how gender training is provided in peacekeeping training centres and peacekeeping missions around the world. If you have information you would like to share about the training your institution is conducting, please email us.


Training tools and materials

Gender and Peacekeeping Online Training Course
An online resource for a three-day training on gender and peacekeeping, developed by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department for International Development in 2000.

SGTM 17: Gender Equality in Peacekeeping

The 17th Standardized Generic Training Module developed by the UN DPKO for pre-deployment training of peacekeeping personnel introduces the concept of gender equality. In a 90-minute presentation, the aim of the module is to show peacekeepers how women and men are affected by conflict; the impact that conflict has on gender roles and relations; and how peacekeeping operations can help women and men benefit equally during the transition from war to peace.

Gender Perspectives in UN Peacekeeping Operations
This correspondence course by UNITAR Programme for Correspondence Instruction (POCI) covers conceptual and operational issues involved in integrating a gender perspective in peace support operations. The course emphasizes the need for women to have a strategic role at all decision-making levels in mission and in national and local institutions. The E-Learning for African Peacekeepers initiative allows military, police and gendarmerie peacekeeping personnel who are citizens of African nations to take all UNITAR POCI distance-learning courses free of charge.

Gender resource package for peacekeeping operations
A reference guide on gender mainstreaming in all operational areas of UN peace operations for peacekeeping personnel in mission and in Headquarters, developed by the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Best Practices Unit.

UNICEF Training of Trainers on Gender-Based Violence: Focusing on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
A two-day training programme targeted at UNICEF country staff and immediate partners, designed to increase participantsí knowledge and understanding of the concept of gender, and gender-based violence and sexual exploitation and abuse.

Understanding Humanitarian Aid Worker Responsibilities: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Prevention. A Facilitator's Guide
This training manual has been created to provide Humanitarian Aid Workers in Sierra Leone with a basic understanding of sexual exploitation and abuse and is intended for use in trainings over one or two days for aid workers who have little or no experience or understanding of SEA issues.

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