Dr. Rebecca Tavares, Representative, UN Women stresses on the role women can play in preventing and combating sexual violence in armed conflicts.
Training to reach out to the vulnerable groups
General (Retd.) Patrick C. Cammaert, Mentor, Special female Military Officers Course says the course has been specially designed to equip women officers with communication skills to reach out to the victims of violence and other vulnerable groups.
Training to tackle gender based violence
Colonel S. Murugesan, Director, Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping ( CUNPK) on the partnership between UN Women and CUNPK to train female military officers in special skills to tackle the challenges of sex and gender based violence.
Opportunity to share experiences
Pablo Castillo Diaz from UN Women, New York sees the Special Female Military Training Course as an opportunity for them to be exposed to methods of combating gender based violence and sharing common experiences.
Communicating with the most vulnerable
Shukria Dini, Executive Director, Somali Women Studies Centre (SWSC) on the need to have female peacekeepers on the ground to engage, help and protect women in conflict situations.
Importance of gender-responsive peacekeeping
On an average, only three percent of the military personnel in UN missions are women, most of whom are employed as support staff rather than in protection tasks. Major Rachael Grimes from the United Kingdom says the female military officer’s training course is therefore timely and seeks to create a critical mass of women military officers ready to be deployed in UN missions.