Increasing gender awareness in MOD BIH through Gender Coach Programme

Gender Coach Programme (GCP), an innovative approach that enables participants to become leaders in integrating gender into their operations and encourage change in their institution, has been susceffully conducted in MoD BiH in 2020.

Focusing on building gender-related knowledge, SEESAC facilitated GCP, tailored to the needs of top-level commanding officer in MoD BiH. Fourteen one-on-one sessions were held from October 2019 to December 2020, with the aim of strengthening the ability of the coachee to more effectively implement the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination in everyday work, in line with his functional competences, and within the key goals of the MoD. 

In 2019, SEESAC facilitated GCP in the MoD Montenegro with the high level MoD official in Human Resources Directorate.

It is crucial to raise the level of knowledge and skills of senior leadership on gender equality and Women, Peace and Security Agenda, as they have key role in achieving the organizational change.

GCP relies on the results of a similar Programme launched in the Swedish Armed Forces in 2007.  It is implemented through regular meetings and consultations between the Gender Coach and the high-ranking officer to address specific gender-related topics, which are agreed in advance with the aim of raising gender awareness and providing practical advice how to mainstream gender into policy development and in the everyday job of the high-ranking officer.

The Strengthening of Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans project is financed by the Governments of Norway and the Slovak Republic. With the support of UNDP SEESAC, the project provides the Ministries of Defence and the Armed Forces in the Western Balkans with a platform where, over the next three years, they can exchange ideas and develop policies to ensure long-term and sustainable inclusion of the gender perspective in defence policies and practices.