“Women in Peacekeeping: A key to Peace”. The theme for the 2020 celebration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers could not have been more apt. Indeed, women peacekeepers are the bridge to restoring trust, healing and normalcy in post-conflict communities; they understand the sensitive needs and challenges of vulnerable groups such as women and children; and they are the voice for the voiceless in bringing attention to abuses and violations.
Women peacekeepers do all of the above and more; and on the occasion of the International Day of UN peacekeepers, KAIPTC says AYEKOO (WELL DONE) to all women in peacekeeping! We salute all peacekeepers, especially, women for being a cornerstone to peace, stability and security in nations around the world.
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In many communities around the world, women peacekeepers are mostly the sources of inspiration for women in their local communities. And in circumstances where traditional norms and practices have prevented their male counterparts from having any physical interactions with women, women peacekeepers step in to kindle lost hope and trust.
KAIPTC joins the UN to celebrate and appreciate the pivotal role women in peacekeeping play in promoting lasting peace in our world. With the third pillar of the Centre’s five-year Strategic Plan (2019-2023) committed to the full implementation of the Maputo Protocol and UNSCR 1325, the Centre’s commitment to the Women, Peace and Security agenda is resolute.
The late HE Kofi Annan once said:
“When women thrive, all of society benefits and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.”
As an institution, we will continue to work with our partners and stakeholders to address the barriers and challenges that beset the paths of women generally in the peace and security sector.
Established by the UN General Assembly in 2002, the UN Peacekeeping Day is set aside to commemorate the venerable men and women who currently serve in peacekeeping missions across the globe as well as honor and remember those who have fallen whiles serving.
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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 as: @Kaiptcgh. 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 21, 496 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.
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