UN Mission in South Sudan Press Briefing on Peacekeeping and Gender Issues
March 10, 2017: For International Women's Day Ms. Kasumi Nishigaya Head of the UN Mission in Somalia Gender Unit, along with two team members, gave a press briefing on the work they've been doing. Ms. Nishigaya explained that their that their role includes promoting the participation of women in public decision making and also preventing the occurrence of sexual and gender based violence against them. Also within the mission, they work closely with the forces providing advisory technical support and also training activities for all the Mission to be able to acquire capacity and to be able to address gender concerns in peace keeping contexts. See full report: Transcription of the UNMISS Press Briefing on the International Women's Day ( Relief Web, reliefweb.int)
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