The Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs INL’s Afghanistan/Pakistan Program Office (INL/AP) through its in-country presence at U.S. Embassy Islamabad, since 2002, has managed several programs to build the capacity of the Government of Pakistan’s (GOP) law enforcement and border security personnel through training, mentoring, equipment transfers, and infrastructure improvements.

INL/Pakistan (INL/P) supports programs that enhance the capacity of Pakistani women to preserve law and order, promote gender equality, and serve as role models in the justice system.  INL efforts also aim to improve access to justice for women and girls by encouraging a more professional and gender sensitive criminal justice system.  These initiatives are accomplished through support for men and women serving in the law enforcement, justice, counter-narcotics, and corrections sectors.

INL seeks to expand current efforts through a partnership Gender Responsive Policing Phase ( GRPP) –III, with the National Police Bureau (NPB) with the goal of promoting the recruitment, retention, advancement, and gender mainstreaming of women police and improving access to police services for female citizens and promote gender responsive policing.


To accomplish the above goal, INL has enrolled a team of consultants, comprising an independent  Gender Consultant, a Junior Consultant and a Program Associate.

The Gender Team is based at the National Police Bureau and works along with the Gender Crime Cell (GCC) NPB.

Dr.Rakhshinda Perveen

Gender Consultant

Ms. Lubna E Durrani

Junior Consultant

Ms. Tamana Banori

Program Associate


Women in Leadership-23 Women in Police trained –January 2017

The Australia Awards – Pakistan, managed by Scope Global on behalf of the Australian Government designed a two week short course for Women in Policing on ‘Women Leadership and Gender Based Violence’ in January in Islamabad by a team from the University of Queensland, Australia. As part of the course, a panel discussion comprising women gender experts and leaders on ‘Women in Leadership’, was organized on January 25, 2017 for the course participants. Course participants were 23 women police officers ranging from junior to senior officers from ICT, Punjab, Sindh and KP.

The key objective of the said panel discussion was to give a platform to the participants to interact with the women leaders who can share their journey of leadership to mentor and inspire them.

Overall impressions by the Gender Consultant who participated as a motivational speake:

Personally I found it a meaningful activity as my two team members and I met and heard some bright young woman police officers and women in police at different ranks. It was also a good opportunity to introduce the NPB and WPF.

I am thankful to the invaluable dynamic leadership of   respected Sir DG, NPB who in our informal meeting on Jan 19, 2017 asked and encouraged the three of us to participate in the said session.  I am extremely thankful for the mentoring support and guidance of Sir Malick (Director GCC, NPB) and facilitation extended by the Deputy Directors Ms.Saba Sattar & Ms. Mahreen Maqsood.Overall feedback is encouraging and positive as indicated by the audience attention, applause, verbal comments and official e mail from the Australian award program.”

 National Consultation Reflection on the implementation Issues and Challenges of women Protection Laws in Pakistan-February 9, 2017

The GCC, NPB and the independent Gender Consultant attended the said consultation.

The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPN) since its launch in 2008 has proved to be a defining moment in the history of women parliamentarians. The WPC continues to offer an across party catalytic forum to the women parliamentarians to discuss gender issues impacting the lives of the citizens especially Pakistani women. Despite the enactment of a number of women protection legislation, what remains to be seen are the issues and challenges in the implementation of those laws. The said national consultation, convened in connection with the National women’s Day falling on February 12,I s one of the many endeavors of the WPC to learn about the issues and challenges that impede benefits of pro-women legislation from reaching out to them.

Challenges and Conclusions : The palpable political management, reasonably defective forensic services, scarce training and equipment, structural maladies and fault lines in the judicial field create a significant disconnect between a gender balanced police force and a gender responsive policing. Thus, collective strategizing to address gender based challenges remains disrupted.

The specific structural issues like insignificant representation of women in police service, inadequacies within the relevant implementation mechanisms e.g. low conviction rates and noticeable inaccessibility to justice, shape strategic challenges thus making the elimination of crimes against women nothing but a distant dream for a vast majority of Pakistani women. Whether women should be in law enforcement is no longer a question, but when their representation will be acceptable, approved and adequate is still a big question mark.

 Key Recommendations

  1. Engaging men in the process of bringing empowerment for women is important. Hence building alliances with men in decision making is one key step in effective implementation of pro women legislation.
  2. Pakistani women and girls should be treated equally on the basis of education with male counterparts at the household level, to attain equality.
  3. Institutions like Ministry of Human Rights and Women Development Departments, Women Commissions and Caucuses and Police organizations need to be strengthened and empowered with sufficient budgetary allocation and human resource to overcome the existing weaknesses in the institutional mechanisms.
  4. Awareness about pro women legislation needs to be predominantly enhanced within the police organizations at all ranks to improve police response towards combating violence against women and girls.
  5. Rigorous and continued awareness and trainings are required to deal with the issue of harassment of women at workplace as a sensitive matter and functional committees must be been constituted in various organizations including police organizations to deal with the complaints.”

(By the independent Gender Consultant GRPP III).

National Women’s Day at the Fatimah Jinnah Women University, 15th February 2017

The Gender Team GRPP III attended a panel discussion/ Dialogue organized by the National Commission on the Status of Women in collaboration with Fatima Jinnah Women University at the University premises on 15th February 2017, to celebrate the National Women’s Day.

The overall aim of the dialogue between women Activists and Parliamentarians was to agree at, and formulate an agenda to be carried forward for the betterment of the women of Pakistan as a whole.

The event entailed an inaugural session, a poetry session and songs (based on women rights). Chairperson NCSW speech was the significance of the day, followed by the dialogue between the panelists of women activists and parliamentarians. A powerful talk by Ms. Tehmina Dolatana led the event towards an impressive end and effective conclusion.

7th Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Women Police Forum (WPF) – 22 February 2017

GRPP III’s contribution and participation

Women Police Forum (WPF) Board of Directors’, previously known as WPN (Women Police Network) meeting was convened at the National Police Bureau on 22nd February 2017.

WPF provides networking and learning opportunities to women police encouraging gender sensitive policing practices to be integrated in mainstream policing.

The aim of GRPP III at the Women Police Forum (WPF) meeting with representation from twelve police organizations of Pakistan, was

  • to provide a forum for discussion of women police issues at work,
  • to introduce Phase III of Gender Responsive Policing Project (GRPP III) and
  • to devise a quarterly action plan for the WPF Board Members

Besides giving a power point presentation the Gender team of GRPP III conducted two key activities namely group work to develop the next quarter’s plan and administered a proforma (see appendices C) to gather first-hand information about the expectations of the WPF from GRPP III and their suggested strategic actions. This exercise was conducted in a workshop setting and lasted for nearly two hours.

Women Police Forum Board Members, the Gender Team GRPP III, and GCC with the Director General NPB, Islamabad

The meeting was interactive and thought provoking. The WPF Board members were involved and indulged in brainstorming and creative activities. The Gender Consultant, with the deliberation and agreement of the members formulated the Quarterly work plan for WPF, with special focus laid on social media advocacy, significance of data collection and the need of mentoring and mentors.

Throughout this workshop, participants gained a better understanding of how GRPP III will impact their role in addressing GBV crimes and build the trust within the community. The Board members shared and discussed the commonly experienced challenges and identified strategic options and priority implementation strategies to ensure the inclusion of a greater number of competent and gender sensitized women in the police force.