A five-day regional Refresher training workshop to raise awareness of EAC Women Security Officers on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325(UNSCR 1325) is underway at the Beach Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda.
The 25th -29th June workshop is dedicated to increasing knowledge, skills and awareness on the UNSCR 1325 to Security Women Officers with the intention of promoting the role of women in Peace and Security, specifically at policy level so as to build a formidable force of women officers trained on Women Peace and Security
The workshop is expected to enhance ability of trained officers to competently mainstream the EAC Peace and security interventions and enrich the EAC Peace and Security Instruments including the EAC Strategy on Regional Peace and Security; and competently participate in the regional Peace and Security interventions and initiatives such as conflict management and Resolution through Mediation processes.
Addressing the participants during the opening session, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation Mr. Charles Njoroge reminded them on the critical requirements of the four key Pillars of Resolution 1325, which are: Participation, Protection, Prevention, and Relief and Recovery and what each one entails.
The Deputy Secretary General disclosed to the participants that EAC Secretariat have developed a framework for the implementation of the Resolution and it will be implemented in the region level
“I would therefore urge you to pay great attention to the deliberations and come up with proposals that will facilitate placing women at the centre of decision making as victims and also as persons who play a critical role in amelioration of conflict situations and recovery effects. I am also looking forward to proposals from you on how effectiveness and impact can be enhanced through exploitation of EAC Policy and decision processes”
Mr. Njoroge challenged the Partner States to increased participation of women at all levels of decision-making, including in national, regional, and international institutions; in mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict; in peace negotiations; in peace operations, as soldiers, police, and civilians as well as Special Representatives of the U.N. Secretary-General.