Malaysia Peacekeeping Centre conducts seminar on Gender in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations to enhance preparedness for multi-dimensional peacekeeping operations.

Aug 19, 2014

The Ministry of Defence, Malaysia (MINDEF) and the United Nations Development Programme Malaysia (UNDP) today jointly launched the ‘Seminar on Gender Perspective in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations’. The seminar is one of the key activities undertaken through a joint two year project titled ‘Capacity Building Support for Malaysia’s Role in Multidimensional Peacekeeping Training – Phase 2’, supported and funded by the Government of Malaysia in collaboration with the Government of Japan, Government of Norway and UNDP Malaysia.

The international seminar was launched by Vice Admiral Dato Nasaruddin bin Othman, Chief of Staff, Malaysian Armed Forces Headquarters. This seminar was jointly designed and implemented by MINDEF and UNDP in close collaboration with the Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre in Port Dickson.

The official launch was attended by over 100 participants  including representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Royal Malaysia Police, Government Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), academics from national Universities, Defence Attaches from the diplomatic community and over 20 international participants from ASEAN countries as well as peacekeeping experts from Malaysia and Australia.

The Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre (MPC) currently provides training for peacekeepers from countries in Asia and Africa, emphasising  the importance of gender mainstreaming and increasing female representation in UN missions globally, focusing particularly on civil-military coordination and protection and enhancement of security for women and children in conflict situations.

 The Main Objectives of This Seminar 

a.         To analyze and to identify the major challenges posed for integrating women and gender issues in UN peacekeeping missions within the Africa-Asia context with particular   emphasis on implementing gender  mainstreaming and increasing female representation in missions in an effective and sustainable way.

 b.         To examine and promote the positive impacts of women peacekeepers, particularly amongst military personnel.

 c.         To promote an understanding of the roles of and challenges faced by stakeholders in peacekeeping missions and strategies for negotiating conflicting interests and priorities to ensure that gender is a fundamental part of peacekeeping operations; and

 d.         To create networks amongst stakeholders which will provide more scope for multi-sectoral collaboration on gender and peacekeeping issues

Vice Admiral Dato Nasaruddin bin Othman noted that, the international seminar is in line with Malaysia’ 54 years of continued and strong support and commitment to the United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. Ever since the country’s first peacekeeping mission was undertaken to the Republic of Congo in 1960, Malaysia has over the years provided critical support to the United Nations mission of maintaining international peace and security and more than 27,000 Malaysian military personnel and 3,000 police personnel have participated in UN peacekeeping operations in over 20 countries. We assure the United Nations that our commitment to global peace agenda will  never falter.

James George Chacko, Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), UNDP Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, noted that, the joint international seminar launched today marks a new era of increased support from Malaysia to the global international peacekeeping agenda of the United Nations. The joint two year project supported by UNDP, Government of Japan and Government of Norway will support the Malaysia Peacekeeping Centre in Port Dickson to broaden its mandate from a primarily national training centre to an international training centre. The seminar accentuates Malaysia’s long-standing commitment to south-south cooperation and the two year joint project will enable Malaysia to share its expertise in peacekeeping and learn from  other Asian and African countries, many of whom are the biggest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations.

The international seminar focuses on the need for better preparedness by international peacekeepers to address issues related to sexual and gender based violence as well as the need to strengthen the civil-military cooperation dimensions of these peacekeeping operations.

 The focus of the international seminar on gender dimensions in peacekeeping seeks to share and underline the importance of understanding and tangibly responding to gender concerns especially in the complex nature of today’s peacekeeping missions and ensure durable peace, security and reconciliation.

 The increasing complexity of modern day peacekeeping operations has led to a growing demand for training materials that are able to address key operational and mission specific challenges in the fast changing global and regional context and political landscape.  The successful implementation of the two year MINDEF-UNDP joint activities seeks to bring about multiplier benefits, especially when these training modules are referred to and used by other peacekeeping training centres around the world.

Find out more

Read the Opening Remarks by our Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), James Chacko George

This seminar is part of our project on Capacity Building Support for Malaysia Role in Multidimensional Peacekeeping Training Phase II