Launched by Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, the inaugural Military Gender and Protection Advisers (MGPA) course was successfully delivered by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham.
The two week long MGPA course has been designed in response to the need to integrate UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) across Defence, and addresses the unique ways women, men and children can experience human security issues. This is in line with the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and also broader human security concerns with a strong gender dynamic.
In his opening address, Secretary of State said: ’It is a pleasure to open this first Military Gender and Protection Advisers course and I thank the MOD and the Defence Academy for designing and delivering it. Throughout conflict, sexual violence, rape, abuse of the civilian population have all been used as part of warfare, but by actually talking about it and taking the steps in order to be able to make more people understand how wrong it is, we can start to make a real positive and long lasting impact.’
The course was attended by 28 UK Officers and Civil Servants and nine international officers from countries including Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, USA and Canada. The course aims to educate staff officers working on WPS, human trafficking, protection of civilians and children in armed conflict to better inform decision making, planning and doctrine.
The Chief Executive Defence Academy and Commandant Joint Services Command and Staff College added: ‘The Defence Academy is extremely proud to deliver this, the first military course held in the UK that meets the requirement of the UN landmark international framework. This reflects the determination of the UK MOD to integrate UNSCR 1325 across Defence. We will work with our international partners, through education and cooperation, to address these issues together.’
The course will run biannually at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham and will build up a cadre of personnel able to fulfil important roles in support of UK Defence and Security and UN Mandates and Missions.
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