The pilot course "Gender aspects in UN peacekeeping operations" has been completed at the peace operations Centre of the Ministry of Defense

In accordance with the course program developed by the instructors of the peace operations Centre, the students were introduced to the basics of international law applicable to peacekeeping operations, the legal framework and the concept of protection of civilians, gender aspects in the settlement of situations in unstable regions where armed conflicts occur. Lectures on "Gender-based violence" were also presented.

The course was focused mainly on women representing the Armed Forces, the Border Service of the National Security Committee, the Ministries of Emergency Situations, Internal Affairs, and the National Guard.

Lectures for the course participants were delivered by the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy of the 2nd class – Chief Adviser of the UN Women structure in Kazakhstan Madina Jarbusynova, Doctor of Law PhD Khalida Azhigulova, President of the public Foundation "Institute of Public Rights and Equal Opportunities of Kazakhstan", Director of the shelter for victims of domestic violence ARASHA Margarita Uskembayeva and Head of the UN Department of Global Communications Vlastimil Samek.

- This course is very relevant, especially today, when tensions are rising and military conflicts are taking place, as a result of which the civilian population is suffering, - said Doctor of Law PhD Khalida Azhigulova. - Therefore, it is important that our women participate in peacekeeping missions from Kazakhstan, since the local population of countries with an unstable situation, and in particular women and children, trust women peacekeepers more.

The classes increased the awareness of the audience in the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) "Women, peace and Security". In general, the pilot project is aimed at achieving the goals of the National Action Plan for the Advancement of Women in Kazakhstan and expanding the participation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan in UN peacekeeping missions.

Upon completion, the students were awarded certificates attesting to the completion of the course.