AU, Somali female security officers trained on civilian engagement

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Female security officers from Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have wrapped up their week-long specialized training on how to engage with local communities in newly liberated areas.

The 20 AMISOM and 12 Somalia National Army and Somalia Police Force female officers were drilled on areas including civil-military coordination, Somali culture and context, and gender perspectives in operations.

Speaking at the end of the training, AMISOM police gender coordinator, Stella Sedame, said the training had equipped them with skills to deliver on their mandate of mentoring the Somali Police Force.

“The training has helped us, the female engagement team, to assist our fellow Somali officers in engaging with the local population. We have built our knowledge, skills and capacity,” Sedame said in a statement issued by the AU mission on Saturday.

The week-long female engagement team course was organized by UK Mission Support Team and AMISOM to equip Somali and AMISOM female soldiers on how to engage with local communities in newly liberated areas concluded on Friday evening.

Nick Morton, officer commanding of UK-MST urged the newly trained officers to put their training to good use, especially in assisting female civilians within the Somali population.

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