A regional course on gender issues is being held in Almaty

The Peace Operations Centre of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan has launched a course for military advisers on gender issues with the participation of representatives of law enforcement agencies of the countries of the Central Asian region.

It is attended by servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, specialists from the departments of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. In addition to the representative of the regional office of the UN Women structure, KAZCENT officers also act as instructors.

On the basis of the Centre, such classes have been held for the third year. The course participants will get acquainted with the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 "Women, Peace and Security", with the activities of the Adviser on gender issues and human security. The program involves the study of the legal and conceptual foundations of the protection of civilians.

– During military clashes, women and children are most often victims of crime. The course will explore the principles of assistance in the protection and rehabilitation of women and girls who have experienced violence. I would like to note that today the role of women peacekeepers in conflict prevention and resolution is becoming more noticeable," said Major Rimma Shakeeva, Senior Officer of the Peacekeeping Training Department of the Center.

The mission of the gender advisers in the United Nations structure is to implement a strategy for gender equality in the field of security. Increasing the participation of women in peacekeeping operations is a top priority for the UN in order to establish contact with vulnerable categories of the population and protect their rights.