During the School of the Oversight of Security Sector, different activities were carried out with the participation of representatives of the GPSP partner organizations, as well as invited panelists. This training program consisted of two phases: an online course and in-person workshop. To achieve an interactive program, the presentations were accompanied by group exercises among the participants; as well as, conversation with experts from the different regions. Below you will be able to see the highlights of the in-person workshop and the online course:
Conversation with police officers
The officers shared their personal experiences of what it meant to them to be police officers, emphasizing the importance of strengthening confidence in civil society about the role they play. In general, they pointed out that to ensure effective police performance, an organization based on a legal framework that respects human rights and the rule of law is required, as well as supervisory mechanisms to monitor the provision of services. They also stressed that from their experience it is very important to have adequate training for police officers, both technical and in terms of values, as well as to ensure police welfare with decent conditions and salaries, which would prevent cases of corruption.
Conference by Dr. Laura Masson Director of Gender Policies.
National Directorate of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the
Ministry of Defense of Argentina.
Dr. Masson shared with the participants relevant data on gender policies in the field of Defense, the achievements made, and the challenges that remain in this regard. In general, she pointed out that since the reestablishment of democracy in Argentina (1983), the participation of women in all areas of public life has been promoted, and in this context, the Armed Forces also began to gradually incorporate the participation of women. The Armed Forces also began to gradually incorporate the participation of women. However, a decisive moment was in 2008 when gender offices were created in the three branches of the Armed Forces, as well as the Directorate of Gender Policies of the Ministry of Defense, which she currently presides, and which is the governing body for the Armed Forces.
Dr. Roberto De León Huerta, Coordinator for Political
Affairs and International Peace and Security at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign
Dr. De León Huerta shared information regarding his
experience as a member of the Mexican Foreign Service, particularly as
responsible for the preparation strategy and Mexico's participation in the
United Nations Security Council (2021-2022). He stressed the importance of
considering the issues of the international security agenda, to extract lessons
learned and apply them at the national and local levels. As well as being able
to understand the international policy factors that have an impact on national
He highlighted the
importance of including civil society in the discussion of relevant security
issues at the national level. In this regard, he mentioned some initiatives
that have been undertaken in Mexico, particularly the project to evaluate
barriers to women's participation in security institutions financed by the
UN-Women Elsie Fund, whose interviews were carried out by RESDAL
Dr. Adolfo Rossi, a Professor at the University of
Buenos Aires addressed the issue of Defense and Security in Argentina.
Professor Rossi presented the current context of South
America, a region that after a process of political crisis and dictatorships in
Argentina, Brazil, Chile and inter-state conflicts, has been consolidating
processes of coexistence and peaceful resolution of conflicts and is therefore
considered a "Zone of Peace". In this regard, he highlighted the
sub-regional integration mechanisms that have promoted dialogue and cooperation
among nations, such as MERCOSUR (Southern Common Market) founded in 1991 by
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay; CAM (Andean Community of Nations)
founded in 1969 by Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia; as well as UNASUR
(Union of South American Nations) founded in 2008 by the twelve South American
States, within the framework of UNASUR, the South American Defense Council
(CDS) was created as an instance for consultation, cooperation and coordination
in defense matters.