Major Suman Gawani from Indian Armed Forces (Women’s Outreach Course #4)
**Winner of the Military Gender Advocate Award of the year 2019.
"I would like to proudly say that the Women’s Outreach Course (WOC) at the UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations was my first step towards peacekeeping as it was my first interaction with any UN agency, and my first international exposure and experience. WOC definitely helped me to become a better signaler by giving me a better understanding of the communication equipment being used in the UN environment. As a Military Observer on patrols, I can communicate better with the use of UN Owned Equipment. WOC also helped me gain confidence in my work in my home country.
Peacekeeping has been one of the best experiences in my life. I take back fond memories, many friends and lots of learning from the mission. I strive for more such experiences."
Major Bertin Niyontwari from Burundi National Defence Force (Training of Trainers #1)
"The ICT Training of Trainers (ToT) course, was useful as it prepared me to serve effectively and efficiently in my current position as CITS AMISOM Messaging Administrator and J6 focal point, within AMISOM deployed in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Being a past participant of the UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations, ICT Training of Trainers has and continues to have a positive impact on the work I’m currently doing in the mission. The presentation skills and facilitation module taught in the course has been a key guide, particularly in my role as the training coordinator in charge of training activities targeted for AMISOM personnel deployed in UNSOS."
Chief Inspector Penehafo Nghitamuka from Namibian Police Force (Women’s Outreach Course #6)
"Having attended the sixth Women’s Outreach Course, I have an understanding and appreciation for the workings of UN Peacekeeping from a mission-level perspective and from the structures and different parties involved. During the course, we had the privilege to listen to Major General Pearce, the Force Commander in Cyprus. She shared four tips to guide us during our career as women uniformed personnel: "Believing, backing, knowing, and looking after oneself""