End-of-year newsletter: reflecting on the last quarter

Over the last few months, we have been busy conducting and participating in actions around the world to make mine action better for all. From workshops to trainings, assessments to advocacy, we have been engaged in the field as well as in international fora to share concrete experiences on how to transform ideals into action. […]

Over the last few months, we have been busy conducting and participating in actions around the world to make mine action better for all. From workshops to trainings, assessments to advocacy, we have been engaged in the field as well as in international fora to share concrete experiences on how to transform ideals into action. Before signing off for the holidays, here are some highlights.

Gender and Diversity Assessment
mid-October – Zimbabwe

Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA)-Zimbabwe hosted GMAP Programme Officer Dominic Wolsey for five days, while he conducted a baseline Gender and Diversity assessment for Norwegian People’s Aid Humanitarian Disarmament Program in Zimbabwe. GMAP provided a one-day training to NPA’s management team in Gender and Diversity, specifically related to the organisation’s activities.

Gender and Diversity Assessment
October – Lebanon

In October, GMAP conducted a Gender and Diversity Assessment of Norwegian People’s Aid – Lebanon and conducted training with senior management, gender focal points, and staff from the development programme. The findings from the assessment, in which over 40 people were interviewed, will feed into NPA – Humanitarian Disarmament’s ongoing gender mainstreaming process and particularly the strengthening of anti-harassment and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse systems.

ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center Regional Workshop
mid-November – Cambodia

We participated in ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC)’s regional workshop titled “Enhance mine action knowledge and promote future platforms for mine action knowledge sharing for ASEAN Member States”. As a panelist in a session on Gender Mainstreaming in Mine Action, GMAP Director Arianna Calza Bini facilitated discussions on sharing good practices and discussing challenges when implementing gender mainstreaming in mine action. She also facilitated a group discussion on the needs for training, technical assistance and regional cooperation in the ASEAN region.

SAMSUNG CSC

International Symposium at University of Yonsei
mid-November – South Korea

GMAP Director was invited to a symposium hosted by the University of Yonsei, KCBL and Green Korea in Seoul titled “NGO’s role for mine clearance in the DMZ” and presented in a panel of civil society organisations highlighting the importance of a gender perspective in mine action , mentioning the normative framework, especially UNSCR 1325 on WPS, and giving some concrete examples of how this can be done in IM and survey. The case for gender balanced employment in mine action was also presented, accompanied by photos of women working in different operational contexts around the world. Finally the benefits of gender sensitive and responsive mine action for peace processes were stressed.

Geneva Peace Week
November –  Geneva, Switzerland

For Geneva Peace Week, in partnership with members of Gender & Diversity Hub, we facilitated a workshop on ‘Clearing mines in war-torn “Varonia” – peacebuilding at the community level’. 
Through a simulated information-gathering survey, participants interviewed the governor, a school teacher and a housewife of a town in fictional Varonia to gather information on the post-conflict situation. What did we learn? A gender analysis means inclusive information-gathering of all members of the community. This leads to more comprehensive and inclusive mine action.

Gender and Diversity training with Le Centre Congolais de Lutte Anti-Mines
November – Kinshasa, DRC

In November, GMAP was invited by Le Centre Congolais de Lutte Anti-Mines in Kinshasa (DRC) to deliver gender and diversity training to gender focal points from the national centre and national NGOs alike. The gender focal points were trained on gender and diversity and how to use gender mainstreaming tools in their own work. Each focal point developed their own individual action plan to make their work and the work of their organisation more inclusive of gender and other diversity aspects.

Partnerships for Peace Quality Management training
November – Spiez, Switzerland

GMAP conducted Gender in Quality Management training for participants from NGOs, national authorities, and national military representatives in Spiez, Switzerland on 15 November. The training, delivered as part of a GICHD Quality Management course, covered the application of gender to a QM approach and how to apply a gender lens to concepts such as customer focus and evidence-based decision making.

Gender & Diversity Joint Assessment
December – Erbil, Iraq

GMAP conducted a joint assessment of eight NGOs and other mine action organisations in Erbil, Iraq in December. The assessment identified common barriers to goals such as employing women in the field and reaching men and boys during MRE. GMAP is also looking closely into accident and victim patterns in Iraq and Syria, with the aim of developing knowledge on how gendered return patterns may influence exposure to explosive hazards and preparedness.