New Zealand military personnel will teach United Nations peacekeepers how to protect women and girls, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) said Tuesday.

Three NZDF personnel would be instructors at a major three-week peacekeeping course in Nepal, involving about 120 participants from 30 countries.

Lieutenant Colonel Jane Derbyshire would focus on “the application of gender in military operations,” a subject that included the protection of civilians, especially women and girls, as part of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Two other personnel would be involved in field and staff training exercises.

“My role will be to assist in training operational planners and tactical troops in how to integrate a gender perspective to bring about a more sustainable peace in UN missions,” Derbyshire said.

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“New Zealand supports regional efforts to increase the capacity of Asia-Pacific nations in undertaking peacekeeping operations.”

The Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise would be held at Nepal’s Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre from March 17 to April 3.

The centre, established by the Nepalese Army as a peacekeeping training camp in 1986, delivers training under the guidelines of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

In the last two years, one of the NZDF’s most experienced female commanders, Lieutenant Colonel Helen Cooper, was invited to deliver a module on the impact females have on military operations to students at the prestigious Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana.

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Her presentation focused on the benefits female leaders bring to peace and security operations, and outlined the lessons she had learned as a female commander on operations. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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