The ZPSP supported the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) to hold two workshops on “Gender Mainstreaming in the Security Sector” from the 3rd to the 6th of September 2014 and the 10th to the 13th of September 2014, Two (2) similar trainings were conducted in 2013 under this ZPSP-NUST partnership. The September 2014 workshops were attended by 101 police officers at the ranks of inspector and senior inspector who occupy positions of Officer in Charge. The participants were drawn from all the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) districts throughout the country. The specific objectives of the training workshops on gender mainstreaming in the security sector were:
1) To equip police officers with knowledge on gender mainstreaming
2) To build capacity in gender sensitive policy implementation and evaluation
3) To improve knowledge on the best practices on gender mainstreaming that conform to national, regional and international expectations.
The content of the workshops was organized around the following topics:
· Definition and exploration of terms and concepts related to gender mainstreaming
· Conceptualisation of policy formulation, implementation and review and their relevance to gender mainstreaming
· Exploration of components and benefits of gender responsive budgeting to the organization and officials of the ZRP
· Unpacking of available local, regional and international legal instruments for gender mainstreaming in the security sector
· An overview of the role of civil society and opportunities for partnership between civil society and the ZRP in gender mainstreaming
· A discussion of the role of the Zimbabwe Women’s Parliamentary caucus in promoting debate and influencing policy on gender mainstreaming
· Identification of insecurities faced by female police officers
· Brainstorming on an action plan to address identified challenges
The workshops were both successfully implemented and feedback from participants indicated that the objectives were successfully met.