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UN turns to Rwanda for more female peacekeepers


A Rwanda National Police contigent, that included women officers, arrive at Kigali International Airport from a tour of duty in Haiti last year. (File)

The NewTimes: The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations has organised an all-female training course for Rwanda National Police aimed at  assessing individual officers to serve in UN peacekeeping missions and special political missions.

The 12-day training, which started yesterday, is the first of its kind, and Rwanda National Police is the first Force to benefit from the programme, according course director, Lanyuy Marti, who is also an instructor and senior planning officer for Monusco.

During the opening of the training, Lanyuy said the choice of Rwanda for the maiden training was because of the “valuable lessons” offered by Rwanda National Police.

“From what we have seen and heard about Rwanda National Police, we are convinced that the choice of ther country was no mistake,” he said.

“Many Police contributing countries have valuable lessons to learn from Rwanda’s policing tradition in terms of discipline, organisation and the continuous search for excellence.”

The training, being attended by 166 women officers, is being held at Police headquarters in Kacyiru.

Exams to select the best candidates for the operations will be conducted next month but the organisers said there is no definite number of officers they would be taking. More

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