Women from 26 countries graduate UN Signals Academy course

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Entebbe | DPKO

Over one-hundred women from countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America have now completed the Women’s Outreach Course.

The United Nations Signals Academy held the third Women’s Outreach Course award ceremony on 16 June 2017 at the Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) in Uganda.

Attended by course participants and UN representatives, the ceremony concludes a two-week long training where 38 women military and signals personnel from 26 troop- and police-contributing countries were equipped with skills to provide information and communications technology to UN peacekeeping operations.

The training combined theoretical and practical modules on UN-owned equipment, standard operating procedures, gender issues, and familiarization with the larger UN operational environment.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate the personal and professional journeys of the graduates.

In his closing remarks, Programme Manager Samuel Leal commended the Government of Japan for its continuous support and strong commitment to the promotion of gender equality and women’s enhanced contribution to peace and security. It is the hope of the UN Signals Academy to see its graduates soon wearing the blue beret and serving peace under the UN flag.

The course responds to Security Council resolution 2122 (2013), which encourages troop- and police-contributing countries to increase the percentage of women military and police in deployments to UN peacekeeping operations. It is also in line with Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve gender equality and women's empowerment.

To date, the programme has facilitated three courses, training 113 women (86 military and 26 police) from 44 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. 

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