November was a busy month for GMAP!
GMAP’s Director visited Lebanon in early November to conduct a training workshop for the Lebanese Mine Action Centre and partners on Gender and Diversity in Mine Action. This is the first step in the process of developing the LMAC’s capacity to mainstream gender and diversity in the Lebanese Mine Action Programme, in collaboration with Mines Advisory Group and with the financial support of the Netherlands.
Towards the end of the month GMAP’s Director was in Colombia, in the department of Huila, conducting an assessment of the needs and priorities of communities in the municipality of Algeciras from a gender and diversity perspective. Focus group discussions and interviews were held with survivors, indirect victims, community members and representatives of local authorities and Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas, as the humanitarian demining NGO operating in the area. This is the second assessment in the framework of a project, supported by Australia and Germany and in cooperation with the Colombian National Mine Action Authority (Dirección Descontamina Colombia), to inform the design of a National Gender and Diversity Policy for Integrated Mine Action in Colombia. A third assessment will be conducted in the department of Cauca early next year.
GMAP also travelled to Iraq to conduct a gender and diversity baseline assessment with the Department for Mine Action (DMA) in Baghdad. A particular focus of the assessment was DMA’s Gender Unit, created in 2017 with the aim of improving women’s participation in operations. GMAP looks forward to assisting the DMA in the continuation of this process in future. During the visit, GMAP also facilitated a training session focused on the core principles and value of gender and diversity in mine action.GMAP also visited the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Authority (IKMAA) offices in Erbil to meet with the Director and senior operational staff to discuss future collaboration on gender and diversity in the KRG in 2018. GMAP extends thanks to IKMAA and all other organisations which welcomed the organisation to Iraqi Kurdistan.