The United Nations Department of Peace Operations (DPO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), France and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) are committed to the promotion of gender equality and the protection of everyone, particularly in the context of peace operations.

In order for UN peace operations to best integrate a gender perspective in the implementation of their mandates, DPO and UNITAR, with the support of France and OIF, launched in November 2021 the first UN online introductory training course dedicated to military gender advisors (MGAs) and military gender focal points (MGFPs) within peace operations. This course has already trained over 760 participants. 

Its second phase, which will deepen the knowledge acquired at the practical and operational levels, was launched on June 6 with the organization of the first validation workshop for MGAs, which is held in Marrakech,Morocco, until June 17, 2022.

The workshop brings together about 20 participants from member states and UN peacekeeping missions. The workshop aims to provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and tools for aspiring military advisors to integrate a gender perspective in the implementation of peace operations mandates. The expertise and feedback of participants will contribute to the refinement of the course and its validation. The course will be available in its final version in 2023.


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