The inaugural Women Peace and Security (WPS) Course commenced at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre (BPOTC) on 30 May 2022 in collaboration with the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). The aim of this course is developing and strengthening awareness and understanding of gender equality and women's empowerment in UN staff at Headquarters, Regional and Country levels. There are total five Subject Matter Experts from GPOI accompanied by Miss Cary O' Connell (Deputy for peacekeeping and Exercises, Institute of security Governance). Total 28 officers are participating in the course with 19 officers from Nepali Army and nine international participants (2 participants each from Thailand, Mongolia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and 1 participant from Bangladesh).
During his opening remarks, Commandant of BPOTC Col Dil Bikram Subba highlighted on the fact that women participation and representation in UN peace operations is not only about increasing numbers and opportunities but is about empowering another half of the society. He also focused on the importance of understanding legal framework and UN policy and guidance that promotes WPS for effective implementation of mission mandate.