As part of measures to promote women leadership in peace and security on the continent, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in partnership with ECOWAS, will hold a training course for selected participants to equip them to effectively provide leadership mentoring for women, peace and security actors in the sub-region.
The five-day workshop will be held in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire from 15-19 November 2021, and is funded by the Danish Government.
The target participants for the workshop are operational-level female and male staff of partner organization within the ECOWAS sub-region, preferably working on women, peace and security, as well as those working on issues within the peace, security, gender and political affairs domains.
Aside providing them the requisite knowledge and skill sets to mentor women, peace and security actors in the region, the workshop will also provide the platform for participants to network among themselves and serve as catalysts for increasing female leadership in the peace and security sector.
The adoption of the landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in the year 2000, came with an increased effort to integrate gender perspectives into peace and security discourse, policy and practice.
Twenty years after the passage of the Resolution, it is widely accepted that the incorporation of gender perspectives as a governance and human rights principle in all sectors is essential for, and will enhance institutional and operational effectiveness by responding to the specific needs, concerns and aspirations of men and women.
Nonetheless, there is the urgent need to promote female leadership and influence at all levels in the peace and security architecture – moving beyond increasing female representation to achieving meaningful participation of women in peace and security processes.
The KAIPTC, in keeping with its commitment to promote the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa, in 2019, established the KAIPTC Women’s Support Scheme to increase training opportunities for women and provide targeted capacity building programmes for women. Under the support scheme, the KAIPTC developed a training manual on leadership and mentoring for female leaders in the peace and security architecture.
Through the Danish development and humanitarian strategy: “The World 2030,” the Government of Denmark has been committing financial and technical support to promote the peace, stability and development of the region and beyond.
Under a two-year project dubbed: ‘Promoting peace and security in West Africa’ the Government of Denmark is also working with the KAIPTC in three thematic areas; Women, peace and security, Conflict prevention, and Responsibility to Protect.
The Centre is poised to continuously engage its development partners and experts to explore more avenues to boost the capacity of women to occupy frontline positions in the peace and security framework.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on +233302-718200 ext 1104/1203 or +233 550 303030. You can find the KAIPTC on Facebook and Twitter: @KaiptcGh and Instagram: @kaiptc. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org
About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognized institution and has to date trained and tutored over 25,207 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organization and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.