Fifty-three fellows from various sectors completed the third iteration of the Gender Analysis of Violence and Security (GAVS) short course held from 13 to 15 December 2023 via Zoom Teleconferencing. Spearheaded by the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development, and Security (PCEDS) of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) and the Women and Gender Institute of Miriam College (MC-WAGI), the short course provided the essential knowledge and skills for gender analysis and mainstreaming efforts in the national security and defense sector.
The areas that were covered this year include the Gender, Peace, and Security Agenda in the UN and ASEAN, queering security studies, gender in the humanitarian space, UN Women frameworks in gender analysis of violence and security, among others—allowing the participants to have a comprehensive overview of the gender approach to security, with a focus on theory, research, and practice.
In her remarks, Dr Melanie Reyes, Executive Director of MC-WAGI, underscored that the short course manifests the shared commitment of the two institutions in advancing the women, peace, and security agenda.
“This short course serves as a beacon, equipping participants with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for successful gender analysis and mainstreaming in the security sector,” Dr Reyes said.
LtGen Ferdinand M Cartujano PAF (Ret), President of the NDCP, on the other hand, urged the newest batch of GAVS fellows to be catalysts for change in their respective spheres, challenging them to take part in conversations, advocate for inclusive policies, and contribute to the development of equitable security frameworks.
“May the knowledge acquired over the past three days shall serve as a catalyst for enduring change, and may our shared vision of a world free from gender-based violence and insecurity become a tangible reality,” President Cartujano added.
by Mar Jensen Arinto, Project Development Officer II