On 10th March 2014, EUFOR conducted a conference titled ‘Gender in the Defence Sector’ in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. The aim of the conference, opened by EUFOR Chief of Staff, Brigadier General András Szücs, was to discuss experiences in gender issues. In 2012, the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) started to appoint “Gender Focal Points”, and in 2013 they developed and introduced the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) throughout the AF BiH structure. Gender Focal Points are persons in the AF BiH who advise commanders and others to assure that all soldiers are treated in the same way, regardless of their sex.
AFBiH 2013 Training Conference took place in Sarajevo on 13 February 2014. The AFBiH Training Conference is a regular, planned activity of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with clearly defined goals:
To present results of the training conducted in 2013 by all AFBiH command and control levels, To consider all aspects of functionality of the training process and challenges that AFBiH commands and units encounter in that process,
To define specific proposals and measures for improvement and upgrade of the training system in the AFBiH for the upcoming period.
As EUFOR continues to assist the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) with a 100% inventory of surplus ammunition by providing expertise and assistance, four semi-permanent structures, so-called ATCO Fold-A-Way Buildings, and generators, have recently been sourced from the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) for delivery to Ammunition Storage Sites (ASS) in BiH by using EUFOR and KFOR assets. Those structures will be used in order to ensure that the 100% inventory can continue year-round irrespective of the weather conditions.
Gender equality is a fundamental principle of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Over the last decade, the United Nations Security Council has adopted seven resolutions on women, peace and security - highlighting some of the particular impacts of armed conflict on women and calling on states and UN institutions to ensure the full inclusion of women and their needs and perspectives in peace-building. UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 particularly recognizes the negative impacts that armed conflict has on women and the underlines the importance of contributions that women can make to peace, security and reconciliation.
On 13 November, the Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC) in cooperation with EUFOR opened a conference on Gender in the Security Sector of BIH. The aim of the conference, which will take place over two days, is to ‘Strengthen the Gender Perspective within the security sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina’. The conference was opened with statements from Mr. Zekerijah Osmić, BIH Minister of Defense, Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Anto Jeleč, Chief of the Joint Staff of the AF BiH and Lieutenant Colonel Rob Tomlinson MBE the UK Defense Attaché.
On 31 October 2013 a EUFOR team led by the Chief of Staff (COS) of EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják played in a friendly football competition with the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH).
Members of EUFOR personnel visited the AF BiH 4th Infantry Brigade to play in the long awaited indoor football competition. The idea for this event was initiated during the last NCO day which was held at Capljina in September where the Headquarters of AF BiH 4th Infantry BDE is located.
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