Gender Crime Cell was established in 2006 at National Police Bureau to address the lack of data on
gender crimes in Pakistan, which limits accountability, constraints policy development and makes it difficult to monitor
individual cases or advocate institutional change. GCC is supposed to function as a central repository of relevant data
on cases of violence against women in order to assist policy makers in developing holistic and effective policy to
prevent and punish violence against women.
For effective counter measures, GCC has been working for Gender Mainstreaming in police. Gender
Responsive Policing Project was launched in the year 2009. Initiation of Gender reforms process in police aimed at
addressing the issues pertaining to gender inequalities and less gender- sensitized police and developing appropriate
procedures/ protocols for Gender based crimes in various policing units.
The basis of Gender Responsive Policing (GRP) is the socially constructed roles of women and men,
their behaviors, social positions, access to power and resources which create gender-specific vulnerabilities that
determine the status of men and women in a society and are also reflected in the organizational culture of police.
Therefore, GRP focuses on police reforms ensuring that the principles of gender equality are systematically integrated
throughout all police procedures, protocols, rules and regulations, reinforced through gender sensitive trainings and
developing monitoring and evaluation tools for assessing these measures.
The overall objective of the Gender Responsive Policing Project is to enable the National Police Bureau to support the
Executive Police to adopt and implement a standardized policy for gender mainstreaming and gender just access to
policing, taking into consideration the principles of the rule of law. Implementing partners are the National Police
Bureau and the police organizations of Pakistan.
The project has created a gender niche within the police by engaging the police in gender auditing.
Review and analysis of police context and practices have established legitimacy for gender reforms and paved the
way for working on the gender strategy. The consultations on positioning of women in police have created space for
deployment Of women police at mainstream police stations. Women's presence in policing units has encouraged
women to seek police assistance for gender just services.
Police organizations have become sensitive to gender issues due to repeated dialogues with the senior management.
This could be observed in recent announcements by all the provincial police chiefs regarding increased quota for
women in the future recruitments.
WPN, established in July 2012, is a collaboration of ten police organizations in Pakistan who come together to
enhance networking and learning opportunities to promote women's leadership in police service and facilitate gender
just policing practices particularly on issues of crimes and violence against women.
The network functions at two levels: National and organizational level. The network operates through a Board of
WPN at national level and Women Police Council at the level of a police organization.
Six Board meetings of WPN has been held so far.