Integrating gender into UN peace support operations in DRC.docx
Integrating gender into UN peace support operations in DRC
Presentation by Major Rachel Grimes, followed by discussion
16th January 2015 – Lessons in conflict and stabilisation seminar series
This seminar was delivered by Major Rachel Grimes, a British Army officer, who has just completed 9 months working with the United Nations in the DRC. Part of her deployment saw her establish a new role, the Child Protection and Gender Field Adviser. Since 1994, an estimated 3 million women and 800, 000 men have been victims of rape in the DRC. This seminar explored the challenges involved in tackling sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and also provided an oversight on the lessons learned from mainstreaming gender to 200, 000 soldiers under MONUSCO’s mandate (UNSCR 2147). This mandate was placed within the international policy framework of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the UK’s commitments and efforts to enhance military capabilities internationally to prevent and respond to sexual violence and wider gender issues captured in the UK’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security and the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).