INTRODUCING REGULAR TRAINING COURSES ON GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S SECURITY NEEDS THROUGH A SYSTEM OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING OF RS MOI MEMBERS

Supported by UN Women, United Nations Organization for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, implemented by the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior Women Network - RS WPON.
On April 12, 2012 representatives of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior Women Network – RS WPON held a meeting with representatives of the RS Government Gender Center and the international organization UN WOMEN. It was agreed at the meeting that RS MoI Women Network and UN WOMEN initiate joint activities related to the training of RS MoI members on gender equality, i.e. the proposal was adopted that the UN WOMEN financially supported more activities to promote gender equality in the RS Ministry of the Interior, which would, among others, include preparing a curriculum and a manual for sustainable training of RS MoI employees. It was also agreed that UN WOMEN financially supported the first annual conference of the RS MoI Women Network – RS WPON.

On December 3, 2012 the “RS MoI Women Network – RS WPON” and UN WOMEN signed an Activity Plan for cooperation on introducing regular training on gender equality, women human rights and women’s security needs through the system of professional (specialist) training of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior members. The plan defines the activities, the operators, that is, the implementing staff, and a timeframe for implementation of activities. The RS minister of the interior approved the implementation of the abovementioned activities.

The Activity Plan for cooperation on introducing regular training on gender equality, women human rights and women’s security needs through the system of professional (specialist) training of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior members precisely defined the needs, activities, implementation timeframe (deadlines), the operators (members of the RS MoI Women Network who would be in charge of the implementation of the identified activities), and the budget the Association would have at disposal for each of the activities, provided by UN WOMEN.

It has been established that the overall objective of the cooperation is to introduce training on gender equality, women human rights and women’s security needs for employees of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior, primarily members of the RS Ministry of the Interior Women Network – RS WPON, which would result in awareness raising, acquisition of knowledge and skills and adoption of views on the importance of gender equality and on gender based violence among members of the Republic of Srpska Police. This cooperation and support would empower the Network to organize these trainings, attract as many potential members as possible, improve communication between the members and possibly develop skills related to donor funding among the members. The expected outcome is to have a more significant role and importance of the Women Network in the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska.

 

The Activity Plan implied the following activities:

  • Development of a curriculum on “Women Human Rights and Security Needs of Women in Security Sector – Instructor Training”;
  • Development of a handbook on “Women Human Rights and Security Needs of Women in Security Sector”;
  • Training of future instructors;
  • Technical support to RS MoI Women Network – RS WPON;
  • First International Conference of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior Women Network – RS WPON.

The Activity Plan was signed on December 03, 2012 between the RS MoI Women Network – RS WPON and the UN WOMEN, which formally established cooperation between these two organizations and opened a way for implementation of activities agreed upon.

Curriculum
All training curricula implemented in the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska must be in accordance with the Law on Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska, as well as the Rulebook on Professional Training of Police Officers and Other Employees in the Ministry, and are made in a modular concept (this concept is being applied since 2012/2013 school year and the Republic of Srpska Police Academy in the Republic of Srpska was the first to apply it in BiH).

Also, all training curricula that are regularly implemented (basic and specialist training) must be approved and signed by the minister of the interior and constitute a legal act (document) of the RS Ministry of the Interior.

The curriculum has introduced the modules that are a base for a training handbook for instructors, who will conduct the further training locally, that is, in their organizational units. More specifically, the curriculum constitutes the following sections:

  1. Introductory part;
  2. Purpose of the training;
  3. Training objective;
  4. Target group;
  5. Training outcomes;
  6. Specific training outcomes;
  7. Training tasks;
  8. Teaching methods and means;
  9. Duration of training;
  10. Training contents and
  11. Transitional and Final Provisions.

The curriculum was signed by the RS Minister of the Interior on March 05, 2013.

Instructor handbook “Gender Equality, Women Human Rights and Women's Security Needs”
Handbook for instructors on gender equality, women human rights and women’s security needs has been prepared in accordance with the methodology set out in the curriculum, which is in accordance with the Law on Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska and the Rulebook on Professional Training, as well as with the international standards on protection of women human rights. It also includes the study of relevant laws and bylaws, and principles and standards of conduct for police officers and other employees of the RS MoI in the area defined by modules.

The handbook covers the following modules:

Module 1: Teaching Methodology

This module provides for future instructors to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that are necessary for independent teaching or training in their organizational units. This module consists of the following modular units:

  1. Principles of adult learning;
  2. Teaching methods with adult trainees;
  3. Communication and communication Drawbacks.

Module 2: Women Network and Implementation of the Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Resolution 1325

This module provides for future instructors to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills related to the tasks carried out by the entity ministries of the interior. This module consists of the following modular units:

  1. Basic concepts of gender-based violence;
  2. International and domestic documents;
  3. BiH Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Resolution 1325.

Module 3: The Role and Importance of Police in the Investigation of Gender-Based Crime – Introducing the Principle of Gender Equality

This module provides for future instructors to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills related to the criminal aspect of gender-based violence, intervention, proving and proper documentation of these crimes, as well as interviewing victims of gender-based violence. This module consists of the following modular units:

  1. Criminal law aspect of gender-based and sexual violence;
  2. Intervention of police officers, proving and documentation of a criminal offense;
  3. Psychological aspect of interviewing a victim of gender based violence.

This handbook is for future instructors who are members of the Network to carry out regular training at the local level, that is, in all organizational units of the Ministry, as well as for all members of the Ministry whose regular tasks are related to the contents of the handbook.

Training future instructors
The Activity Plan includes the training for future instructors (train the trainers), after which future instructors would acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes defined in the curriculum, the content of which is provided for in the handbook. These knowledge, skills and attitudes are necessary for trainers to further transfer the knowledge to other employees of the Ministry at the local level. It is supposed for training to be carried out at all Public Security Centers for reasons of economy, regularity and sustainability (if the training were to be carried out at the Police Academy, each arrival in Banja Luka would require the cost of transport, accommodation, food, etc. and several days’ absence from work, which significantly reduces the number of potential trainees).

It is also anticipated that the instructors are members of the Women Network from all basic organizational units, that is, Public Security Centers. Having Ministry members, who are also members of the Network, as instructors will contribute to the sense of belonging to the Network among all members, and to the actualization of problems and issues of importance for more significant role and status of women in a police force. Also, this type of training will lead to greater transparency in communication between members of the Network and among members of the Ministry in general, and will in a more open and honest manner present current issues related to the gender perspective.

 

Train the trainer on “Gender Equality, Women Human Rights and Women’s Security Needs” was organized on September 12, 2013 in Police Education Directorate for future trainers/instructors, members of the RS MoI Women Network – RS WPON, in accordance with the Activity Plan and with the support of UN WOMEN.

The training was delivered to 14 (fourteen) trainees, representatives of the RS MUP Public Security Centers.

The training was attended by 3 (three) trainees from PSC Bijeljina, PSC Doboj, PSC East Sarajevo and PSC Trebinje and 2 (two) trainees from PSC Banja Luka.

In addition to the trainees, the official start of the training was attended by RS Minister of the Interior, Radislav Jovicic, Police Director, Gojko Vasic, Regional Project Manager for Women, Peace and Security in the Western Balkans (UN WOMEN) Edwin Berry, authors of the handbook, and representatives of several media outlets from the Republic of Srpska, who reported on the event on television and in newspaper articles.

Technical support
The Activity Plan sets out that the RS Ministry of the Interior Women Network is provided with the technical support by the UN WOMEN related to the procurement and award of the following:

Five (5) laptop computers (for each Public Security Center);

One (1) projector (for training purposes at the Police Academy);

One (1) digital camera and

Fifteen (15) USB sticks.

Prior to the start of the training, in the presence of the RS Minister of the Interior and Police Director, the RS MoI Women Network was provided with technical equipment, as set out in the Activity Plan.

The equipment was distributed to organizational units of the RS Ministry of the Interior as set out in the Activity Plan.

The first international conference of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior Women Network - RS WPON
The first international annual conference of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior Women Network – RS WPON was held on December 10, 2012 in the RS Government Administrative Centre. The main purpose of the conference was to promote he RS MoI Women Network – RS WPON and the guidelines for gender sensitive policing. The guidelines were developed within the Southeast Europe Women Police Officer Network (WPON) with a special emphasis on recruitment, selection and professional development of women in police. The guidelines should be used as a manual for managers at all levels in a police force and they include a number of specific measures and improved ways of dealing with the recruitment, selection and professional development of women in police, primarily using existing resources and without major organizational changes.

The conference was opened by Indira Rogic, President of the RS MoI Women Network-RS WPON Assembly, Stanislav Cadjo, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska, and Vibeke Lilloe, ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to BiH.

Presenters at the Conference were Jane Townsley, president of the International Association of Women in Police (IAWP), Anita Wieman, senior advisor (coordinator) in European Network of Policewomen (ENP), Bojana Balon, a project coordinator in Southeast Europe Women Police Officer Network (WPON) and Sanja Sumonja a chairperson of the RS MoI Women Network Management Board. The speakers at the conference are also persons who are recognized in and outside the borders of their countries in their commitment to promoting women human rights, gender equality and, above all, to strengthening the role of women in the security system and peacebuilding. They are also professionally involved in this field and are recognized for their involvement both at European and international level.

Besides international representatives fromm IAWP, ENP, WPON, and Embassy of Kingdom of Norway to BiH, the conference was also attended by the representatives of MoI of Serbia, the Republic of Srpska Government, RS Government Gender Center, Ministry of Security, the City of Banja Luka, NGO “Women to Women” from Sarajevo and NGO “Future” from Modrica, UNDP/SEESAC, ICITAP, OSCE, UN WOMEN, representatives of equal opportunities committees and RS MoI.

The conference was an excellent opportunity to listen to the experiences of similar recognized associations from abroad, and therefore to adopt examples of good practice.

The conference, above all, helped domestic and international affirmation of the RS MoI Women Network as a recently established Association. It was a great opportunity to meet representatives of various institutions, associations, international and non-governmental organizations from BiH, the region and abroad dealing with gender issues, to exchange experiences in this field, to consider opportunities and to establish contacts for future cooperation.

Promotional materials (bags, flyers, pens, notepads, T-shirts and USB sticks) were provided for all conference participants. All conference costs (organization, translation services, lunch and refreshments for participants, promotional materials) were provided by UN WOMEN and UNDP / SEESAC.

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