Female peacekeeper training

Rwandan military women serving as peacekeepers in African conflict zones indicate their training did not adequately prepare them to help victims of gender-based violence, as reported here. Their pre-deployment training was not realistic enough and there was an assumption that, as women, they would automatically have the skills needed to assist female victims. Interestingly, women police serving in the same missions did not express  a training concern, noting that “community engagement was a big part of their day-to-day job in Rwanda and they had significant experience helping those affected by violence.”

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