Members of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina underwent training with the British Army – Sarajevo Times

Over the past few weeks, the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina have conducted theoretical and practical training in the field of human security with British Army instructors at the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina Combat Training Center in Manjaca.

The training was conducted in accordance with the principles of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security”. Resolution 1325 refers to the promotion of gender equality, the improvement of the status and greater representation of women in defense and security institutions and organizations, as well as the definition of the best methods for achieving gender equality in the armed forces and promoting gender equality in international peacekeeping operations.

The Human Security Training has trained instructors, members of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the protection of civilians (especially women and children), for the prevention of sexual violence, the protection of cultural heritage and the fight against development of extremism in military missions. Members of the British Army shared the knowledge and experience of the United Kingdom, a leader in the development and application of the principle of human security in military missions. Particular attention is paid to how gender perspectives and direct contacts of female soldiers with the civilian population improve the operational effectiveness of the armed forces in military operations.

“The strategic partnership of the BiH Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces with the UK Government and NATO continuously strengthens our relationship and expands the areas of our cooperation. Together we maintain peace and stability and strengthen the ability of the BiH Armed Forces to face future security challenges,” said BiH Defense Minister Sifet Podzic.

The concept of human security focuses on the individual and the needs of different categories of the population during conflicts

“The practical military training in the area of ​​’Women, Peace and Security’, which we are carrying out at the Manjaca firing range, will help the armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina to prepare as well as possible for the NATO assessment which awaits them this fall. “The UK is proud to have the opportunity to transfer the latest knowledge and skills in the area of ​​’Women, Peace and Security’ to our BiH Armed Forces partners,” said British Ambassador to BiH Matt Field. .

The concept of human security focuses on the individual and the needs of different categories of the population during conflict and peacebuilding processes, and integrates the principles of the “Women, Peace and Security” resolution into military activities. , including peacekeeping missions.

This training significantly raises the level of training and readiness of the AF BiH for the upcoming assessment of the readiness of our units to participate in NATO peacekeeping operations,” said the head of Joint Staff of the AF BiH, Colonel General Senad Masovic.

“During the training itself, the greatest attention was paid to topics such as ‘women, peace and security’, the protection of cultural heritage and the impact of armed conflict on children. We have covered each of these topics in depth. For each, we had a number of examples from around the world and were given tools from the speakers, ie. patterns with stages of recognizing and approaching the problem from a certain area,” said trainee Lt. Martin Mlakic.