By Giyo Ndzi
A 5-day training programme to build capacity of local actors to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in Africa starts today in Douala, Littoral region. The initiative set to run through Friday August 27 is organized by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, KAIPTC, through its Women Peace and Security Institute, WPSI.
“The training programme is aimed at supporting the fight against Gender-based violence (GBV) in Africa through the development of a comprehensive training manual dubbed ‘preventing and responding to GBV in Africa’.” Revealed KAIPTC.
The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre remarked that “the manual was developed based on findings from a survey conducted in 2020 to understand perceptions on GBV in five selected countries”.
The weeklong-training targeting stakeholders from different sectors of society to the centre, “… forms a part of the KAIPTC-WPSI’s broader strategic objective to build African capacity to fully implement the Women Peace ad Security (WPS) Agenda in the context of Africa, with specific focus to assist member states to eliminate gender-based violence in the African Sub Regions.”
According to humanitarian information portal, ReliefWeb International, 56.4% of women in Cameroon have suffered emotional and/or sexual violence, a figure steadily on the rise due to the different armed conflicts in the country.
In a January 7, 2021 analysis report on Gender and Humanitarian Assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA noted that such violations are sometimes mistakenly portrayed as being caused by crises, attributing such acts to displacement, presence of government and non-government armed groups, economic hardship, and so on.
“Gender based violence in Cameroon has been an existing reality prior to the crises and occurs in areas where guns are silent.
Also, the privacy of the home is, as a matter of fact, the most dangerous place there is for many women. Intimate partner violence prevails as one of the most widespread forms of violence against women and girls,” the document mentioned.
Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
Established in 1998, the Ghana-based Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre provides training and research in peacekeeping and peace operations, providing over twenty different courses.
Its key goals include providing mission-oriented training at the operational level in Peace Operations for selected participants prior to deployment into areas of operation, improving the ability of participants to operate in multinational environments and to cooperate with contingents from other countries, and conducting research into the various facets of peace operations.