UN Women continues sharing knowledge on gender mainstreaming in the security sector with partners

Date: Friday, June 4, 2021

UN Women's International Consultant, Adriana Greenblatt is delivering a session about sexual harassment. Photo: UN Women
UN Women's International Consultant, Adriana Greenblatt is delivering a session about sexual harassment. Photo: UN Women

UN Women continues to work with security sector institutions to mainstream gender and share knowledge on gender equality principles.

For this purpose, the Training of Trainers for the instructors of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA Academy) was held on 3 and 4 June 2021. The training aimed at integrating the gender equality principles, as well as the UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), into the Academy’s training courses. In total, 11 instructors of the MIA Academy were trained.

Within the two-day training, the participants were introduced to the new approaches of integrating gender equality principles in the security sector (gender mainstreaming), as well as the UN Security Council resolutions on WPS. The training focused on definitions of gender roles, as well as gender equality, and discussed the role of women in policing, an individual and needs-based approach towards citizens and groups with specific and differential needs, further exploring the concepts of gender-sensitive and gender-responsive security.

Training participants are presenting their group work. Photo: UN Women
Training participants are presenting their group work. Photo: UN Women

The training also addressed recent changes in legislation and existing practices on violence against women and domestic violence. Further, the participants discussed the local and international practices of sexual harassment and its practical application, and highlighted positive changes in this area based on their own experiences.

According to participant Ekaterine Kiria, an instructor at the MIA Academy, the training covered many topics that are of interest to the instructors: “We had an opportunity to deepen our knowledge, learn about international practices and discuss the need to combat violence against women and girls and take preventive measures. This knowledge will help each of us to better plan and implement trainings on gender-related issues and raise the awareness of the representatives of the law enforcement on these topics.”

The training was conducted within the framework of the UN Women project “Accelerating Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Georgia”, generously funded by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of the British Government.