Gender Equality Trainers from the Armed Forces in the Western Balkans Support their Peers in Moldova

Chisinau, 3-4 October 2019


Twenty representatives of the National Army of Moldova successfully completed two-day gender awareness training delivered by Gender Equality Trainers from the Armed Forces (AFs) in the Western Balkans.

The learning sessions were developed and facilitated by Col. Fahir Žilić, AFs of BiH and LTC Ordance Todorov, AFs of North Macedonia, trainers who have been actively involved in awareness-raising and promotion of gender equality in the military. The event enabled the exchange of good practices from the Western Balkans. Mr. Muhamed Smajić, Secretary of the MoD of BiH, shared experiences in integrating gender equality into operational and strategic planning.

Mr. Vladimir Iliev, MoD Moldova State Secretary, congratulated the participants on the newly acquired knowledge and thanked UNDP SEESAC for support, particularly emphasizing the expertise of gender trainers from the AFs in the Western Balkans.

The event also provided an excellent opportunity for the participants to learn about the results of the Strengthening of Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans project.

The training was organized by UNDP Moldova and UNDP SEESAC at the request of the Ministry of Defence in Moldova, following the similar training delivered by military gender trainers from the Western Balkans in 2018.

This training was organized within the context of the Regional Security Sector Reform Platform that was created by UNDP SEESAC in 2015 in cooperation with the Governments in South-East Europe (SEE). The aim of the RSSRP is to provide quick, effective, and demand-driven short-term targeted technical support and foster South-South cooperation. The RSSRP includes a roster with over 50 experts from governments in SEE, including representatives of the MoD and AFs of BiH, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, due to their expertise in gender equality in the military.