ON 18–19 JUNE 2013, the Centre for Defence and Security Management (CDSM) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted a workshop aimed at reviewing the gender components of academic programmes on defence and security offered by members of the SADSEM network.
It was attended by representatives of SADSEM member institutions in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe; participants from and representatives of the sponsoring partner, the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); and academics and other experts on gender and defence/security training and education in southern Africa.
More specifically, the workshop was aimed at considering the draft findings of a gender curriculum review of postgraduate diplomas offered by two SADSEM member institutions; gaining and sharing knowledge on the integration of gender into academic programmes on security and defence; and exchanging lessons learnt about incorporating gender into SADSEM’s education and training programmes.
To this end, DCAF was asked to conduct gender reviews of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the Field of Security, and the University of Namibia’s Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic and Security Studies, which were presented to the workshop.
The workshop formed part of an ongoing Gender Training and Education Capacity Development Project pursuant to the SADSEM–DCAF 2010 Memorandum of Understanding. It comprised the following sessions:
- Presentations by representatives of SADSEM member institutions on current efforts to integrate gender into their security and defence education and training.
- A conceptual overview of gender, security and defence.
- A presentation on men, masculinities and security/ defence.
- A presentation on practical experiences of integrating gender into security/ defence education and training.
- An overview of methods for reviewing gender curricula.
- A gender review of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the Field of Security.
- A gender review of the University of Namibia’s Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic and Security Studies.
- A concluding session on lessons learnt, and the way forward.