AU trains military officers to combat conflict-related sexual violence


The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Wednesday it has conducted awareness training for its military personnel in southern Somalia to protect civilians against conflict-related sexual violence.

Patricia Musendo, AMISOM gender officer, said the three-day training was aimed to orient AMISOM personnel on issues related to gender concepts, sexual abuse, and exploitation, prevention of conflict-related sexual violence, gender mainstreaming, sexual exploitation and abuse, and security sector reforms.

“The officers and men were eager to learn about issues related to gender, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and conflict-related sexual violence and security sector reforms,” Musendo said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

The training, which was conducted in Dhobley, was attended by about 175 AMISOM servicemen and 35 officers.

Gloria Jaase-Nkundanyirazo, AMISOM protection officer, highlighted the role of the AU mission in protecting women, children, and internally displaced persons.

She also briefed the military personnel about AMISOM’s role in preventing conflict-related sexual violence and AMISOM’s zero-tolerance policy to sexual exploitation and abuse. Enditem

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