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Following the conclusion of UN Police Week, which took place virtually this year, the Director of the UN Police Division, Luís Carrilho, today (12 Nov) said, “for the first time ever, women lead six major United Nations Police components.”

Carrilho said women’s participation during Police Week, “brought important perspectives to all areas of our work, not least more impactful, gender responsive policing.”

Speaking to reporters from Abyei, Police Commissioner Violet Lusala of United Nations Interim Security
Force for Abyei (UNISFA) said, “currently we have sixty percent of women staff in professional positions, including the lead advisor, who is a lady. In regard to FPOs, we have 34.7 FPOs and they are really dedicated to address issues of women and girls.”

For his part, Mody Berethe, Police Commissioner at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) joined from the DRC and said, “we are dispatching in Goma and Bukavu. Sexual violence teams, and then they are working on a daily basis with the national to show them how to take care of victims and also how to conduct investigation as the contribution to an overall effort from this mission, going from, you know, investigation to taking care of the victims.”

The mission of UN Police is to enhance international peace and security by supporting Member-States in conflict, post-conflict and other crisis situations.

From 8 to 12 November 2021, the Police Division convened the 16th United Nations Police Week. Heads of Police Components in peacekeeping operations, special political missions and regional offices, as well as senior leaders from the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and other departments and offices of the United Nations system, gathered to discuss key developments, priorities, and challenges for United Nations policing.

This year, within the context of Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) and A4P+ priorities, sessions focused on enhancing partnerships and fostering greater integration and coherence in United Nations policing; strengthening UNPOL’s impact in the protection of civilians and prevention of transnational threats; improving performance, capabilities, and mindsets; reinforcing good practices and lessons learned to mitigate the impact of COVID-19; and ensuring gender- and environmentally responsive policing within field missions.


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