Women participation in Peace and Security unacceptably low – Deputy German Amb. to Ghana

H.E Hans Helge Sander

Deputy German Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Hans Helge Sander is lamenting the low participation of women in issues bothering on peace and security.

The deputy ambassador described as “unacceptably low” the number of women in formal negotiations in the area globally. He was speaking at the opening of the Inspiring African Women Leaders in Peace and Security at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). The training programme fronted by the Women Peace and Security Institute (WPSI) of the KAIPTC forms part of continuous effort by the Centre through WPSI to prioritize gender and promote gender equity in line with the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.

H.E Helge Sander said, “according to the UN, women accounted for less than 6 percent of formal peace negotiators between 2000 and 2018”.“And yet, we know that their participation remains critical to ensure that women’s needs and interests are reflected in post-conflict planning” he stressed.

Inspiring African Women Leaders in Peace and Security is one of WPSI’s flagship initiatives aimed at building capacity and networking opportunities for women to increase leadership and participation in the peace and security space. These women, according to WPSI, are expected to be strategically positioned to take up senior leadership positions in the peace and security environment.

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Director of Training at the KAIPTC, Colonel Albert Kwadwo Dawohoso said “women’s equal representation and participation in peacebuilding, politics and governance among others is very essential for a fully-functioning democratic system”. According to Colonel Dawohoso, “despite strong, progressive and articulate policies and frameworks, their implementation continues to fall far below levels that will bring about real transformation”. He noted that women are “still severely underrepresented in leadership positions”.

Sixteen (16) beneficiaries drawn from the Police, Military and Civilian populations of 10 countries on the African continent made the first group to ensure that sufficient time is allocated to each participant to engage and interact adequately with fellow participants, facilitators and coaches. The women will be taken through lecture sessions, group works, presentations and other forms of knowledge exchange (webinars). There will also be an opportunity for senior women from various fields to engage with the participants and share their experiences especially on their leadership journey. Participants will as well be exposed to image enhancement with skills on public speaking and pitching.

Facilitators for the course are drawn from the KAIPTC, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) as well as other institutions and professionals with requisite experience in delivering training on the identified subject matter to support and lead the training programme. The team from GCSP will lead in the module focused on developing the overall women leadership skills of participants. The KAIPTC facilitation team on the other hand is composed of two sets of trainers. The first set is made up of former participants of the Women Leadership course organized by WPSI in 2018 who received further training at GCSP in Geneva to enable them facilitate aspects of the women leadership course. The second set of KAIPTC facilitators are drawn from the Department of Academic Affairs and Research and the Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Department.

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Additionally, the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and the West African Civil Society Institute (WASCI) will also provide support with facilitation on the course. Other experienced professionals are expected to support with facilitation of relevant aspects of the programme as well.

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