Peacekeeping, Gender Issues & Prevention Of Sexual Violence

Peacekeeping, Gender Issues & Prevention Of Sexual Violence

Round Table Discussion on Peacekeeping, Gender Issues and
Prevention of Sexual Violence


A six-member delegation from the British High Commission visited USI on 10 Aug 2017 for a Round Table Discussion on Peacekeeping, Gender Issues and Prevention of Sexual Violence. The delegation was headed by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), Director USI welcomed the visiting delegation and briefed them on the history of USI of India, which was established in 1870 by the British to broaden the strategic perspective of the British Army officers; a legacy that USI of India continues to follow for the officers of the Indian Armed Forces. 

     The delegation was given three presentations as follows:-

(a) Lt Gen Chander Prakash, SM, VSM (Retd), Deputy Director and Editor USI, gave a presentation on “India’s Contribution to UN Peacekeeping and Doctrinal Issues”. He spoke about India’s stellar role in the UN peacekeeping as the world’s largest troop contributor since the inception of the UN peacekeeping missions with a contribution of nearly 195,000 troops in more than 49 missions. He highlighted India’s view that the international community must grasp the rapid changes that are underway in the nature and role of contemporary peacekeeping operations and that the Security Council’s mandates to UN peacekeeping operations need to be rooted in ground realities and correlated with the resources provided for the peacekeeping operation. He made a convincing case for the Global North as the major financial contributor to involve the Global South as the major troop contributor to the UN peacekeeping missions at all stages and in all aspects of mission planning. Keeping in line with the UNSCR 1325 and subsequent Resolutions on women, peace and security, he emphasised the importance for a greater participation of women peacekeepers in missions for its success.

(b) Ms Ajita Vidyarathi, Women, Peace & Security Programme Analyst, UN Women Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka gave a presentation on the activities of UN Women, gender equality and empowerment of women. Created in 2010, UN Women works towards setting global norms and standards on gender equality, supporting member-states in the implementation of these norms and facilitating inter-agency coordination for mainstreaming gender. Ms Vidyarthi outlined the relevance and magnitude of the problem of sexual violence in conflict and shared data on its increasing rate across the globe. She also highlighted that if there is any entity in the world that can firmly prevent and meaningfully address sexual violence in conflict, it is UN Peacekeeping, given especially its scale and mandate.

(c) Maj Sonali Gupta (Retd), Assistant Editor, USI gave an overview of the “Integrated Course on Women, Peace and Security Issues with Emphasis on Conflict Related Sexual Violence in UN Peacekeeping Operations” being developed by USI in partnership with UN Women. The uniqueness of this course is the integrated training being provided to all stakeholders including military, police, humanitarian and civilian components operating in the mission. The delegation was briefed on the aims and objectives, curriculum and pedagogy and the participation criteria of the course, the pilot of which would be conducted at USI from 05 Feb 2018 to 09 Feb 2018.

    The presentations were followed by a brief interactive session. USI proposed a project/seminar and requested Lord Ahmad to have British participation, to which he agreed and said that the Defence Attaché in British High Commission would follow up on the proposal. The visit ended with an exchange of mementos.

Report compiled by Maj Sonali Gupta (Retd), Assistant Editor, USI.

 Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) Director, USI
Welcoming the British Delegation
 British Delegation headed by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon PM’s Special
Representative on Preventing Several Violence in conflict and MoS for
the Commonwealth and the UN
 Exchange of mementos


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