Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration Gender course in Oslo, Norway

Sonke staff Bafana Khumalo and Micheline Muzaneza attended the Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration (DDR) Gender course in Oslo from the 16th to the 22nd of September 2012.

The purpose of the course was for participants to acquire skills and learn how to implement and monitor gender responsive DDR programmes. Sonke was included because the organisation works in post-conflict countries where the DDR programmes are implemented.

After the DDR Gender Course, we were able to:

  • Understand the concept and challenges of applying gender analysis to a DDR programme
  • Identify, analyse and address the specific needs of men, women, boys and girls in DDR programmes
  • Integrate/mainstream gender through other cross cutting issues such as SRH, HIV, Maternal Health, GBV, etc.
  • Adapt existing DDR and gender tools to country-specific contexts
  • Participate effectively in DDR and Gender community of practice by sharing and exchanging best practices and lessons learned.

Some participants who were present in the training asked how they can partner with Sonke to implement the One Man Can campaign in their home countries to bring change in their communities.