UN Women Peace Keepers Urged to Embrace Peace

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Speaking at the opening of the training, Sam Leal, the programs manager of the New York based United Nations Signals Academy UNSA, said only 7 of personnel trained by the UN Signals Academy have been women.

UN peace women Keepers have been asked to embrace peace and unity. 

Sam Leal, the programs manager of the New York based United Nations Signals Academy (UNSA) made the call this afternoon while addressing 39 UN women peace keepers drawn from 17 UN peace keeping troops contributing countries.

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The UN Women peace keepers are attending a two week's training focusing on the use of equipment at the United Nations Regional Service Centre (RSCE), Entebbe. The training that is funded by Japan is the second women's outreach course and the first to be conducted in Uganda. 
 
Speaking at the opening of the training, Sam Leal, the programs manager of the New York based United Nations Signals Academy (UNSA), said only 7% of personnel trained by the UN Signals Academy have been women.
 
He noted that the training will empower more women to fulfill mission critical roles. Leal further noted that the training is an indication of UN's commitment to promote gender equality and women empowerment in support of peacekeeping mandates.

He said the regional service center is strategic for UN because of its location, adding that it has been furnished with all required equipment that will be used to provide hands - on training to participants.

The program focusing on information Communication Technology (ICT) aims at equipping military and police women from UN mission member states with telecommunications and information technology capacities.
 
The 39 participants Uganda will receive practical and theoretical skills on how to handle UN communication equipment in peace keeping missions, operating procedures and the larger operational environment. 
 
The head of United Nations Regional Service Centre Ms Sofia Boly, said the training will take participants to another level in information technology and telecommunication fields.

She noted that the service Centre's goal is to provide efficient, scalable and client-oriented services for United Nations field missions in East and Central Africa.

She noted that the training is critical because it's taking place during a month when women achievements are celebrated.
 
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Ms Vera, a Romanian police engineer, one of the trainees told Uganda Radio Network that she expects to learn a lot about United Nation Missions and the equipment they use to communicate.
 
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Ms Akullo Maureen, a UPDF officer serving in Somalia said the training will help them to gain confidence to use any communication equipment. She said women have been dispirited by their male counterparts who tell them that there are some communication tools women can't handle due to lack of training.
 
"Men tell us that there are very many communication tools that women cannot handle. At the end of this course, I will be more confident than ever before," said Akullo.