KISMAYO, Somalia, October 25, 2021 / APO Group / –
Twenty-seven Jubaland State officials attended a five-day training course held in Kismayo on the protection of civilians and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, and conflict-related sexual violence.
“We are aware that within a given time frame, AMISOM will leave this country. What we want is for the Somali people to have the knowledge, skills and responsibility to protect vulnerable members of their communities, including women, children and the elderly, ”said Gloria Jaase, Head of protection to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which organized the training.
Jaase said the trainings aim to build a critical mass of qualified trainers to support efforts to protect civilians and promote long-term peace.
“The participants included women and men whom AMISOM has trained in the past. We are equipping them with skills to enable them to train others in Somalia, ”she added.
AMISOM human rights officer in Jubaland, Police Inspector (PI) Joshua Samuel, said skills transfer was important to achieve the goal of preventing sexual and gender-based violence and conflict-related sexual violence.
“We have trained these 27 officials, who in turn will be able to provide similar training to members of their communities themselves,” he noted.
This sentiment was echoed by Layla Omar Muse, a participant, who said she now had the knowledge and ability to train others on important topics of protection of civilians, respect for human rights and prevention of conflict-related sexual violence.
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