Women play an important role as agents for change within their communities. Their experiences and perspectives are crucial in crises management, conflict resolution and peace-building processes. Promoting women’s meaningful participation and gender equality is a key objective of the EU, including of its foreign policy. Gender mainstreaming is a guiding principle of the EU’s 17 CSDP missions and operations, which work to make crisis management more effective and build a more secure world for all.
Staff of civilian CSDP Missions work in challenging, at times dangerous circumstances. Traumatic injuries caused by road traffic accidents or terror attacks, infectious diseases, significant stress caused by increased threat levels…these are examples of the health challenges that the approximately 2,000 strong staff of the 11 civilian CSDP Missions face.
Yesterday, the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) hosted a webinar with a Finnish expert on how to train sniffer dogs to detect people infected with COVID-19. This innovative approach to combating the pandemic was launched in Finland last month. EUAM is now supporting Ukrainian law enforcement agencies with best practices and lessons learnt from this Finnish pilot project.