GENDER RESPONSIVE POLICING PHASE (GRPP) -III
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.
THE GENDER TEAM
To accomplish the above goal, INL has enrolled a team of consultants based at the National Police Bureau that works in collaboration with the Gender Crime Cell (GCC) NPB.
Ms. Lubna E Durrani
Ms. Tamana Banori
NEWS & VIEWS
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.
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.
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.