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How we support you

The United Nations International Network of Female Police Peacekeepers offers to it members a race to 2014 action campaign, an advocacy programme, a mentoring programme, training and networking opportunities.

Network members are also encouraged to stay connected through the Global Effort Facebook page.

UN Police women with children in an orphanage.

UN Police officers visit an orphanage in Timor-Leste. Photo UNMIT/Martine Perret

Activities

Race to 2014

To advance the UN Global Effort of increasing the proportion of female police officers to 20 percent by 2014, Network members are encouraged:

  1. To mobilize to reach 2,014 Network members (active, civilians, honorary and observers) by 2014.
  2. To contribute to reaching 2,014 sign-ups on the Global Effort Facebook page by advocating for sign-ups. The goal is to have 2,014 people who have signed-up, by clicking ‘Like’, to the Facebook page by 2014.

Outstanding members have the chance to be featured in the website and other public information materials.

Advocacy programme

Network members are encouraged to be advocates in their home country and in UN missions for the increased participation of female police to UN missions. Support materials will be provided.

Mentoring programme

Network members have the opportunity to join the mentoring programme. The programme facilitates the professional development of members the sharing of best practices and lessons learned in various tasks, activities and programmes within and across peace operations.

Training

Police Division developed a series of regional United Nations trainings on Preventing and Investigating Sexual and Gender based Violence in post-conflict societies. The training is designed for the post conflict environment and prepares police officers with a broad knowledge and skills base to assist their host-state counterparts in preventing and investigating crimes of sexual and gender based violence. The topics cover a broad range such as understanding the dynamics of sexual and gender based violence to problem solving, mentoring and core skills such as crime scene investigation and interviewing.

While many police officers bring a wide variety of skills and experience into missions, their experience is often based on their national procedures which may not be suitable for a mission environment. The training explains the accepted United Nations standards.

It is expected in providing a standardized approach police officers will be able to build upon the material with Host State police officers in developing practices and processes designed to work in specific environments. Part of the training is aimed at preventive measures to protect vulnerable communities such as women and children who are often targets in post conflict environments.

The first training was held in June 2011 in Manila, Philippines. Over a two week period 19 participants from 13 countries were trained to be able to return to their countries to present this new curriculum to police officers before they are deployed to a UN field mission. The other training for trainers scheduled for 2011 are taking place in Rwanda (English) from 18-29 July and (French) from 1-12 August; Chile (English) from 3-14 October; and Germany (English) from 7-18 November.

Networking

A number of events will be organized to encourage networking and learning from members of the Network.

Connect

UN Police Division Female Global Effort Facebook Page

The Global Effort Facebook page was launched in September 2010 during the annual training conference of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP). The page already has numerous fans and daily visitors seeking to learn more about UN and national efforts to increase female participation in police work and to learn of its benefits, and the number of Global Effort Facebook page visitors continues to increase. The Global Effort Facebook page links female police officers who are serving or who used to serve in UN peace operations. By exchanging their experiences they motivate female officers to join national police services and/or UN peace operations.

If you are on Facebook, you can become a fan of this page.

Membership database

Access to the membership database is restricted to active, civilian and honorary members only.

Learn

UN Police Community of Practice

Access the UN Police Community of Practice* to join on-line forums and share best practices, training materials and various documents.

Only active, civilian and honorary members are granted access to this site.

Mentoring programme

Join the mentoring programme and share your expertise. Help members become effective leaders and facilitate sharing of best practices and lessons learned in various tasks, activities and programmes within and across peace operations.

Training

The UN has developed the following training materials and activities. Further information is available on the Community of Practice*.

UN Police Gender Toolkit

The UN is finalizing in 2011 a UN Police Gender Toolkit. The modules in the toolkit cover topics on implementing gender mainstreaming within UN policing in peace operations, assisting host-state police in developing and implementing gender policies, assisting in setting up specialized police units on sexual and gender-based violence, mentoring on investigations of sexual and gender-based violence and collaborating effectively with referral services. The UN Police Gender Toolkit is posted in the Community of Practice.

A full two-day pilot training will be offered at the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) conference on 23 August 2011 (in English) and 25 August 2011 (in French), in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

UN Police Training Curriculum on Investigating Sexual and
Gender-based Violence

The UN has developed a Training Curriculum on Preventing and Investigating Sexual and Gender-based Violence in post-conflict environments in 2011.

Five regional train-the-trainers pilot workshops are scheduled for 2011. The curriculum is available in the UN Police Community of Practice*.

  • Philippines (English), 20 June-1 July 2011
  • Rwanda (English), 18-29 July 2011
  • Rwanda (French), 1-12 August 2011
  • Chile (English), 3-14 October 2011
  • Germany (English), 7-18 November 2011

* Please note, the Police Community of Practice website is restricted to active, civilian and honorary members and requires an access request.