The International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) on Tuesday, 8th March 2022 celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day in a one-day conference at the facility in Karen, Nairobi.
Themed ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,’ the conference saw participants, especially women drawn from security agencies, Government Ministries and diplomatic Corp gather at the centre to celebrate women achievements in leadership and gender equality during peace support operations.
The conference was graced by Deputy Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Rose Anyona, who articulated the achievements by women in social, economic and, political leadership and called on the need to accelerate gender parity for a better tomorrow.
“On this day we always celebrate how far we have come as women to achieve gender equality and empowerment. There is a need to create a world that is free from bias and discrimination for women,” she added.
The Director IPSTC Brigadier Joyce Sitienei highlighted achievement in the Ministry of Defence including the launch of a Gender Policy in 2017. She said that women in the military have risen to strategic levels led by the appointment of the first female General Officer, Major General Fatma Ahmed followed by other female Senior Officers.
Brig Sitienei also emphasised on the importance of women empowerment trainings offered at IPSTC, “women empowerment leadership programme courses at IPSTC include Gender in Peace and Security. This is meant to enhance knowledge and build a community of international security experts that are more diverse and knowledgeable about gender dimensions in complex and multi dimensional peace support operations,” said Brigadier Sitienei.
The conference also discussed achievements and challenges women face and their rights in society.
Also in attendance were; Director Cultural Diplomacy Unit Ambassador Ann Wanjohi, United Kingdom Defence Attaché Brigadier Ronnie Westerman, Royal Netherlands Army Defence Attaché Lt Col Nils Rienks, Second Secretary General Embassy of Japan Ms. Hiroko Atarashi, Head of Operations ICRC Africa Mr. Boris Kelecevic, UNSOM SRSG Rep Mr. Jeffery Simms, National Police Service Senior Superintendent Dr. Resila Onyango as well as senior officers of the Kenya Defence Forces.