Twenty-four female leaders from the border security and management sector graduated from a staff course at the OSCE Border Management Staff College (BMSC) on 28 June 2019 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It was the sixth course designed and delivered specifically for female leaders by the College since its inception a decade ago.
This four-week capacity building course for mid- and senior-level officials of diverse agencies involved in all aspects of border security and management follows a curriculum designed to respond to the needs of the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation as they strive to meet their commitments to ensure open yet secure borders in the region, as embodied in numerous OSCE decisions, as well as in other regional and universal instruments.
The College is committed to promoting and applying gender equality by focusing on female border management and security officials. Staff courses for women leaders have a distinct added value in supporting the empowerment of women working in the respective field.
Representatives of customs, border, drug control, financial police and training institutes from 16 different countries – Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Ukraine – participated in the BMSC staff course.
Topics covered during the course included the promotion of border security and management in the OSCE area, border security and management models, elements of border control and co-operation, as well as gender, economic, environmental and human aspects of border security. In-class activities were complemented by two study visits to Tajik border crossing points on the borders with Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.
A roundtable discussion on countering trafficking in human beings in the context of border security and management was conducted in the framework of the course. The event brought together subject area experts, representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations, and participants of the staff course.