Meeting calls for more male facilitators in gender training

An expert-group discussion hosted by United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) has concluded that the number of male trainers in gender training for security personnel must be increased.

With special attention given to UN peacekeepers, international gender experts representing academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, security forces and the UN have provided useful recommendations and practical tips on training delivery, for example on how to challenge gender stereotypes.

Carmen Moreno, UN-INSTRAW Director, said “Many of the security institutions – military, police, peacekeepers – are dominated by men…Knowing more about how differently men and women experience conflict helps security personnel respond better to gender-based violence and prevent sexual abuse.”