Gambia: Training on advance gender responsive security sector reform ends



The Government of The Gambia in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme-UNDP, Banjul, have completed the final phase of intensive training workshops on gender mainstreaming in the security sector on Friday, 12th July 2019. The aim of the trainings is to build a pool of experts on SSR and gender who will contribute to promote a gender sensitive approach of the security sector in their various institutions.
The training programme, the last one of 3 level curriculum-based trainings constituting basic, intermediate and advanced level courses on gender responsive SSR took place from 1-12 July 2019 at the Ocean Bay Hotel, Cape Point, The Gambia and a Gender Consultant Sheikh Omar Faye was recruited by the UNDP for the exercise.

The training programme was attended by 50 participants drawn from The Gambia Armed Forces, Gambia Police Force, Gambia Prisons Services, Gambia Immigration Department, State Intelligence Service, Gambia Fire and Rescue Services, Drug and Law Enforcement Agency, The Gambia, Women’s Bureau and civil society organizations.

The overall objective of the training programme was to introduce participants to the need and the importance of mainstreaming gender into the security sector institutions in The Gambia as part of ongoing nationwide efforts to restructure the security sector in the Gambia following the recommendations of The Gambia SSR Assessment Report published in 2018.
Specific objectives of the training were to introduce participants to the concepts on gender and SSR; equip participants with knowledge and tools to be able to do a gender analysis of their institutions, provide participants with a platform to discuss the relationship between security institutions and the civilians, as well as ways in which CSOs and security sector institutions can collaborate with the aim of building a gender-sensitive security sector for the needs and services of the people of The Gambia.

The programme provided the opportunity for inter-security sector conversation around the common challenges they are facing, ways in which they could help each other and collaborate with CSOs and the Women’s Bureau. Indeed, the Ministry for Women’s, Children and Social Welfare along with National Women’s Council (NWC) and the Women’s Bureau (WB) mandated to spearhead the formulation, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the gender policies of all institutions in The Gambia, will continue to render support and assistance to ensure sustainability and success of these and other similar SSR initiatives relating to gender mainstreaming in all the eight identified security institutions.

According to the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Children and Social Welfare, who was the invited as the keynote speaker at the closing ceremony of the Advance Gender SSR training, her Ministry will do what it takes to support, or in other cases, to carry out, significant programs and operations to assist gender mainstreaming is integrated in security sector systems in accordance with internationally accepted standards of the rule of law.

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