DPKO and DFS Develop New Specialized Training Materials for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Wednesday, 06 May 2015


The Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS) have developed a new conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) training module for core pre-deployment training of all UN peacekeepers as well as new Specialized Training Materials for military components to prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. The mission-specific and scenario-based training materials address the unique challenges faced by our military, police and civilian peacekeepers in addressing conflict-related sexual violence, including through the use of strategic, operational and tactical modules.

Following the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1820 (2008), an increasing number of peacekeeping missions have been mandated to address conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV).

From 23-26 March 2015, 36 personnel comprising UN Military, UN Police, Women’s Protection Advisers and representatives of Integrated Mission Training Centres representing the six peacekeeping missions addressing CRSV in the Central African Republic, Mali, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur/Sudan, South Sudan and Côte d'Ivoire (MINUSCA, MINUSMA, MONUSCO, UNAMID, UNMISS and UNOCI) worked to validate CRSV training materials at the UN Logistics Base in Brindisi.

This was a collective effort involving the DPKO/DFS Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET)/Women Peace and Security/CRSV team, the Integrated Training Service, the Office of Military Affairs, the Standing Police Capacity, UN Women, OSRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict and UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict Secretariat. The group also reviewed the mission-specific training scenarios for military peacekeepers and the newly-introduced CRSV module in the revised core predeployment training for all UN peacekeepers.

“Mission-specific and scenario-based training to address CRSV during predeployment and in-mission training is the most effective way in building capacity and the skills of peacekeepers to address complex operational challenges” said Siva Methil, a Training Officer in DPKO’s Policy and Best Practices Service.

The six country-specific packages include real-life scenarios and provide training on how to use early-warning indicators, respond to potential, impending and ongoing sexual violence perpetrated by State and non-State actors, partnerships, monitoring and reporting, and the ‘dos and don’ts’ for first responders to an incident.

“Having well trained peacekeepers helps improve the UN response to survivors. They will better serve the UN mandate and support the work of the UN on CRSV,” said Caroline Allibert-Delestras, a Women’s Protection Adviser with the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire.

Next on the agenda for the DPKO/DFS team is the development of Integrated Training Materials. These new materials aim to improve the capacity of designated focal points and experts of the various Mission components in mainstreaming CRSV concerns and designing specific programmes for effective and harmonized implementation of the Women, Peace and Security mandate.

The Validation Workshop was funded by generous contributions from the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.