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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, columns 388-9W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, when he expects pre-deployment training on cultural and gender awareness to be available to members of the armed forces.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

As stated in the answer of 23 May 2011, Hansard, columns 388-89W, all personnel deployed to any operational theatre already undertake law of armed conflict training which covers the status of protected persons including women and children and some cultural awareness training as part of their pre-deployment preparation.

In accordance with the UK National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, the Ministry of Defence is committed to continuously developing and delivering its pre-deployment training on cultural (including gender) awareness for the UK armed forces. Training is regularly reviewed and updates will be incorporated as and when they are appropriate.

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