In the past month GMAP has been busy in the field.
A Non-Technical Survey (NTS) training of trainers was conducted with the GICHD on 18-27 October in Bogotá, Colombia. During the exercise on gender and diversity considerations in NTS, participants really got into their roles!
Tajikistan was the next stop. GMAP organised and conducted a two-day regional workshop on Gender and Diversity in Mine Action with UNDP Tajikistan and the Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre on 2-3 November in Dushanbe, with the participation of delegations from Afghanistan, Armenia and Ukraine. This was the first workshop of this kind in Central Asia and participants and organisers were very pleased with the content and format, as well as with the opportunity to share experiences with other countries.
The regional workshop was followed on 4 November in Dushanbe by a national workshop to draft the Gender and Diversity Policy for the Tajikistan Mine Action Programme. GMAP had previously conducted a rapid gender and diversity assessment of the Tajikistan Mine Action Programme in September and identified that the policy will be a valuable tool to guide further mainstreaming of gender and diversity into all pillars of mine action in Tajikistan.
GMAP also contributed to the GICHD-led workshop for National Mine Action Strategic Planning and Priority-Setting in Bosnia and Herzegovina that took place on 7-11 November in Sarajevo. The objective of GMAP’s participation was to ensure that the new strategy and priority-setting system for Bosnia and Herzegovina will be gender and diversity sensitive.
On November 14, trainers from the GICHD and GMAP flew to Colombo, Sri Lanka to give a week long workshop on Operational Efficiency.
GMAP was present to conduct and facilitate a portion of the workshop on the inclusion of gender and diversity to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mine action operations. The group of 16 Sri Lankan participants received an introduction to Gender & Diversity before diving into the importance of Gender & Diversity in their Quality Management and Land Release processes. They worked together to identify areas of improvement and developed tools to better include women and minorities in their programmes and projects.
GMAP would like to thank all who participated in the workshops for their genuine interest and their active participation!