From July 4 to 5, in Astana the EU-funded Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA 10) held a training of trainers (ToT) on gender in border management. This activity was organised for female trainers from the Training Methodological Centre of the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance, Training Center of the Border Service of the National Security Committee and Karaganda Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The ToT aimed to emphasise the importance of gender equality in the workplace and on a national scale and to raise awareness on gender roles and stereotypes, supporting women’s every-day professional activities in a more gender-sensitive manner and leading to a more solid female inclusion and women’s empowerment.
During this activity, the EU MS experts familiarized participants with the international gender perspective, principles of women’s personal security, mental resilience and career development that could be applied to work in a cross-border context. The ToT helped to equip participants with the necessary tools for preparing a plan for a 2-hour lecture on gender for the trainees of the customs, border management and law enforcement training institutions.