Gender Responsive Policing Project

Project Profile:

  • Funding agency – German Foreign Office
  • Implementers – National Police Bureau & GIZ
  • 1st Phase (completed) – July 2009 – April 2012
  • 2nd Phase – May 2012 – Dec 2014


For effective counter measures GCC is working for Gender Mainstreaming in police, for which Gender Responsive Policing Project was launched in the year 2009. Initiation of Gender reforms process in police was based on gender inequalities and less gender sensitized police where police units were lacking appropriate procedures/ protocols for Gender based crimes.


The basis of Gender Responsive Policing (GRP) is the socially constructed roles of women and men, that 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 re-forms 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 of Pakistan 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.


  • Gender Audit of nine police organizations to identify areas of improvement at institutional and service delivery level.
  • Gender review of police curriculum of the Executive Police to incorporate gender and include women protection laws in the curricula.
  • Formulation of the Gender Strategy of Police Organizations 2012-2016 providing guidelines for equality of opportunity and inclusive participation of women police
  • Training of Trainers (TOT).
  • TRAINING OF POLICE ON Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Ladies Complaint Units (LCUs)
  • Developing a standardized Police Training Policy for all the police organizations of Pakistan
  • Functional Women Police Network
  • Organizing the 2nd International Islamic Women Police Conference in 2011 at Islamabad
  • International network of Women Police on Gender Responsive Policing to promote learning, experience sharing


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 has 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 deputation of women police in mainstream police stations. Women’s presence has encouraged women to seek police assistances 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 of all the provincial police chiefs regarding increased quota for women in the new recruitments.

Facts and figures

Capacity building activities

Training Subjects Training Objective Women Men
Training of Police Trainers Enhanced training competence & gender knowledge 45 350
Advanced investigation course for women police Diversification in policing role of women officers 68 9
Inclusion of Gender Sensitization in Junior Command Course at Police College Sihala Understanding of gender sensitive policing by mid level management 110 167
Skill based training at Police School of Information and Analysis
Increased involvement of women in active policing
470 500
Crime Scene Investigation Courses Improved evidence collection for better prosecutorial 10 75