The Gender and Development Division (GADD) under the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) The Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, conducted the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Training Course at EDSA Shangri-La, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City for face-to-face meeting and via Video Teleconferencing on September 27-29, 2022.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU), Australian Embassy in Manila, and Australian Defence Force provided lectures during the training that was participated by various Philippine Army units and offices led by the Office of the Army Gender and Development (OAGAD). The attendees learned about the GAD concepts, role of women and youth in peacebuilding, and culture of peace.
Brig. Gen. Rommel P Roldan, AFP’s Acting Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, emphasized that women’s participation are very vital in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Brig. Gen. Roldan confidently said that such contribution would advance peace, national security, economic, social development, and international cooperation.
The Women, Peace, and Security Training Course is launched by the AFP GADD to build a deeper understanding of Gender and Development (GAD) principles, operationalize the WPS in the context of conflict crisis, human security, culture, and social norms; and share best practices on GAD and WPS implementation in both Philippines and Australia. The course imparted insights to the attendees especially the Philippine Army and other organizations on understanding better the importance of providing equal opportunities to women in terms of appointment, admission, training, and promotion, as well as the effectiveness of women in peacekeeping operations to promote human rights and the protection of civilians.
Photos: Office of the Army Gender and Development
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