Rwanda to host UN pre-deployment training
A UN pre-deployment training for female correction officers will kick off in Rwanda as a way of increasing the recruitment by increasing international female correction officers in UN missions.
The training, set to start on September 8th, 2014 at the Rwanda Police academy in Musanze district, will focus on gender sensitivity, Bangkok rule, challenges opportunities and strategies for recruitment by increasing international female corrections officers.
The United Nations has previously hailed Rwanda for the great strides and rapid achievements in institution-building that has led to active contribution of troop, police and corrections personnel to UN-led international peacekeeping operations.
The objective of the UN pre-deployment training is to increase the number of female corrections officers in peacekeeping missions worldwide and, equip the trainees with skills that they will pass on to others in their respective countries.
During a press briefing on the development, Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) Deputy Commissioner General, Mary Gahonzire said the training will give Rwanda a good political image and showcase its best practices
She said that Rwanda has a lot to share in terms of professionalism of correctional officers, promotion of human rights in prisons and women’s rights and children who are mostly affected in and post conflict countries.
During the fourth UN international corrections conference, in June 2012, in Berlin Germany, Rwanda was elected to host the secretariat for the Group of Friends of Corrections (GFC) from 2012 to 2014 from Sweden.
Group of Friends of Corrections is a three member state initiative by Rwanda, Sweden and Canada, that was created in 2009 to promote efficiency within the fourth pillar (Corrections) of the justice system.
Currently Rwanda has her troops in a number of countries, including Central African Republic (CAR), Haiti, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Liberia, and Ivory Coast among others.
Rwanda currently maintains more than 4,000 peacekeepers in various missions and is presently ranked the 6th biggest troop contributor in peacekeeping operations in the world.