Gender-Focused Training

Deploying the Best: Enhancing Training for United Nations Peacekeepers

 

This article, written by Albert Cutillo in 2013, details the ways to help improve the quality of police and military capabilities for peacekeeping through outlined strategies. As a former Senior Visiting Fellow at the International Peace Institute, Cutillo addressed peacekeeping agencies and argues that the three main components of peacekeeping operations; the military, the police, and civilian; require different training approaches that takes into account their distinctive functions. Cutillo uses this outline and addresses each section individually, also analyzing the strategies used by the United Nations and its Member States regarding implementation and enforcement of peacekeeping training. It also addresses the current inconsistent quality of training and provides ideas for improvement. Because one of the main components of peacekeeping operations is civilian training, this article relates to even those unfamiliar with the topic because it covers strategies and plans relevant to the common person. With the detailed coverage of plans for peacekeeping by various peace and security agencies and the critical look at current problems with high necessity for peacekeeping training (p. 14) the article thoroughly covers how peace and security can be maintained in countries.

 

Cutillo, Alberto. Deploying the Best: Enhancing Training for United Nations Peacekeepers. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Deploying the Best: Enhancing Training for United Nations Peacekeepers. 2013. Web. 24 June 2016. <https://www.ipinst.org/wp-content/uploads/publications/the_3.pdf>.

 

Gender Equality and Economic Growth: Is there a Win-Win? (Pgs. 33-40)

 

While this article does not explicitly state steps about the enforcement and outcomes of conflict-resolution policies, it does offer suggestions on how to increase peace and security in the economic realm through specific types of empowerment and the participation of women. Written in 2013 by Naila Kabeer and Luisa Natali, this article examines and analyzes the association between gender equality, especially in regard to women empowerment, and economic growth. Pages 39 to 40 are the most relevant because there are actual proposals of ways to tailor policies to specific contexts. Specifically, the use of microfinance, which is the lending of small amounts of money at low interest to businesses and individuals, is promoted and the necessity of a balance between a woman’s employment and domestic deeds (as opposed to completely ignoring a woman’s domestic activities and focusing solely on bolstering her career) is acknowledged. This article is distinctive from the rest of the sources because it takes a woman’s entire life into account and suggests strategies to make women’s work visible on the macro-level and to ensure that women are compensated fairly for their work.

 

Kabeer, Naila, and Luisa Natali. “Gender Equality and Economic Growth: Is There a Win-Win?” Wiley Online Library, Feb. 2013. Web. 3 July 2016. <http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2040-0209.2013.00417.x/epdf>.

 

GENDER TRAINING FOR PEACEKEEPERS: Preliminary overview of United Nations peace support operations

 

The article discusses the gender-focused induction training peace-keeping personnel usually receive, as well as the specific topics that training covers such as the concept of gender, gender roles in different cultures, and gender aspects of armed conflict . It also goes into detail regarding the economic and institutional circumstances under which gender training has taken place. The article additionally examines the obstacles in carrying out training, such as the lack of gender units in some peacekeeping missions. The article ends with a list of training centers all over the globe that provide gender training for peacekeepers, such as the Australian Defence Force Peacekeeping Centre and the Centre for International Peace Operations in Germany.


Lyytikäinen, Minna. Gender Training for Peacekeepers: Preliminary Overview of United Nations Peace Support Operations. S.l.: United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW), 2007. Web. 1 Aug. 2016. <http://www.peacewomen.org/assets/file/Resources/UN/un-instraw_gendertrainingpk_2007.pdf>.

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