Thursday 14 April 2022


Between the 11th and 13th of April 2022, I was a valued member of Faculty for the Customised Training of Officers (women and men) of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) in Abuja, towards the development of their Gender Policy. The training was organised by the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) in collaboration with Country Associates Network (CANET).

                      Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa @ the Conference Hall of the DSS in Abuja

The Modules I taught are:

*Understanding Gender Mainstreaming

*UNSCR 1325 in the Context of Gender Mainstreaming, Mediation & The Security Architecture

*Development of Gender Sensitive Action Plans

Other Modules are:

*CEDAW, CRC, Child Rights Act (2003), Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act - VAPP (2015), National Gender Policy, etc by Barr. Rhoda Tyoden (Former National President, International Federation of Women Lawyers - FIDA)

*Understanding Gender as a Social Construct by Mrs. Ebi Emuzie (Ag. Director, Training & Development)

*Achieving Gender Equality through Multi-Sectoral Approaches in the Security Sector/Gender & Human Security/ by Princess Jumai Idonije (SA Technical to the Minister of Women Affairs)

*The Role of the Criminal Justice System in the Implementation of the VAPP Act by Ms Ene Ede (1st FCT VAPP Coordinator)

*The Importance of Gender in Policy Formulation/Gender & Performance Management by Dr. Jumai Ahmadu (Director, Reform & Coordination, FCTA)

*Gaps in Women's Participation & Representation in the Small Arms & Light Weapons Process by Mimidoo Achakpa (IANSA Women Network, Nigeria)

*Listening & Communication Skills by Mrs. Okiemute Olori (John Maxwell Licensed Speaker & Trainer/Youth Mentor/Bradcaster/Gender Advocate

*Experience Sharing in Designing a Gender Policy in the Security Sector by Brigadier-General Thomas (Rtd) - Former Gender Advisor to the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS)

*Gender-Based Violence & Cyber Security by Morrison Udobong (Head, ICT NCWD) 

                   Photo L-R: Brigadier-General Thomas (Rtd) & Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa

On the whole, it was three days of intensive coaching for the officers of the DSS from the various Commands, who converged in Abuja to understand how gender can be mainstreamed into their proposed  'Gender Policy'. I look forward to reviewing the Policy when it's ready eventually

Photo L-R: Two DSS Officers, Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa & Ms. Ene Ede (Ist VAPP Coordinator, FCT)

                                                      Cross Section of Course Participants

28th March 2023. Dr. Dayo facilitating @ the DSS HQ, Abuja during the 'External' validation meeting for the Draft Gender Policy of the DSS

28th March 2023: Dr. Dayo Kusa (3rd right) @ the validation meeting for the Draft Gender Policy of the DSS 

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