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Security, Defence and Gender Training and Education Workshop Report



Mpho Molomo, Kristin Valasek



On 2-4 May 2012, the Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Botswana hosted a SADSEM/DCAF Security, Defence and Gender Training and Education Workshop. The workshop brought together seven Southern African Defence and Security Management (SADSEM) network institutions, DCAF and several local gender resource persons. The eighteen workshop participants initiated a process to review and adjust SADSEM’s training curriculum for their executive short courses on security and defence issues in order to ensure that it incorporates gender issues.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • to provide a forum to gain and share knowledge on gender and SST training and education;
  • to present SADSEM members’ SST training and education initiatives as well as resources and gaps/needs on gender;
  • and to jointly identify and prioritise steps to be taken to strengthen the incorporation of gender issues within the SADSEM network, including within training and education.

The workshop was held as part of an ongoing Gender Training and Education Capacity Development Project agreed to under the SADSEM-€“DCAF Memorandum of Understanding. The report includes a summary of each workshop session and a Gender Review Checklist for SADSEM Executive Courses, as well as the list of participants and workshop agenda.