The UN Department of Peace Operations (DPO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the  Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)  and the government of France reiterate their commitment to promote gender equality and women empowerment, particularly in the context of peacekeeping operations where the protection of women and girls and their participation in peace processes remain a major challenge.

For UN peace operations to better integrate a gender perspective in the implementation of their mandates the UN DPO and UNITAR with the support of IOF and the government of France have developed the first UN training dedicated to military gender advisers and military gender focal points within peace operations.

The training will enable participants to be sufficiently equipped to act as gender advisers or gender focal points in the military component of peace operations, thus putting into practice, the UN Security Council resolutions on Women Peace and Security while also increasing the consideration for socio-cultural context of the theatres of operations, the protection of civilians, child protection and conflict-related sexual violence.      

At the end of this training participants will be able to:

  • Advise commanders and the military component of peace operations on the integration of a gender perspective in the planning, execution and evaluation of military operations in support of peacekeeping;
  • Advise on how to integrate Security Council resolutions as well as UN DPO and Department of Operational Support (DOS) gender guidelines into military procedures, operations, and activities;
  • Contribute to producing situational awareness and analyses that are sensitive to the gender and security needs of men, women and children, with particular attention to protection threats such as sexual violence and other human rights violations;
  • Facilitate briefings of staff officers and military observers on gender mainstreaming in different military functions and units when asked to;
  • Establish relationships with UN entities and personnel working on gender, human rights and the protection of civilians.

Specifically developed for military personnel, this training will be of interest also for civilians and professionals working in peace operations. The course comprises 5 Modules: Key Concepts; Military Networks and Tasks; UN mandate and WPS Resolution; Key stakeholders and coordination mechanisms; and Gender analysis and impact assessment.

This free online course is available in French and English. It combines different learning methods such as videos, cases studies, reflection journals, and much more.

Upon registration, the learner will have 2 months to complete the course at their own pace. Participants will receive a certificate of completion once the modules have been completed and the assessments successfully passed.

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