UN Signals Academy aims to empower women through technology

Date: 
Thursday, 16 March 2017

Entebe | DFS

UN Peacekeeping programme aims to prepare more women to fulfil mission critical roles as a part of the UN’s commitment to promote gender equality.

The opening ceremony of the United Nations Signals Academy Second Women’s Outreach Course was held on 6 March 2017 at the Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) in Uganda. The course was attended by women signals personnel from troop and police-contributing countries, UN representatives, and the Government of Japan. This second edition of the course brought together 39 participants from 17 countries.

The course aims to equip female military and police signals personnel with the information technology skills required in UN peacekeeping operations. The training combines theoretical and practical modules on UN owned equipment, standard operating procedures, gender issues, and familiarization with the larger UN operational environment.

In her welcoming remarks, Safia Boly, Chief of the Regional Service Centre Entebbe, stressed the pride participants should take in their journey as future women peacekeepers. The Deputy Ambassador of Japan in Uganda, Yutaka Nakamura, expressed the strong commitment of the Government of Japan in encouraging women’s contribution to peace and security.

Referring to Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013), UN Signals Academy Programme Manager, Samuel Leal, reiterated the Academy’s active engagement in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in support of peacekeeping mandates.

Anthony O’ Mullane, Director of the UN Department of Field Support Communications and Technology Division - who addressed participants from New York - highlighted that the course is one enabler for more women military and police personnel to participate in peacekeeping operations.

To date, 7% of signals personnel trained at the UN Signals Academy have been women (87 of a total of 1,222). The programme aims to prepare more women to fulfil mission critical roles as a part of the UN’s commitment to promote gender equality.

The timing of the two-week course coincided with the International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March.