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Launch of the UN International Network of Female Police Peacekeepers
(UN-INFPP) at the IAWP 2011
The launch of the UN-INFPP will take place at the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) annual training conference on 21 August 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA in the presence of the Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro and DPKO Police Adviser Commissioner Ann-Marie Orler. During the IAWP conference from 21 to 25 August 2011, a United Nations booth will feature the network and provide an opportunity for visitors to join the network and speak with UN Police peacekeepers.
Building a Network of Female Police Officers in Darfur, Sudan
At the end of June 2011 the first local female police network (Police Women's Network - PWN) was launched in the North Darfur in the wake of a similar venture initiated in UNAMID late last year.
Since its establishment in September 2010 as part of ongoing efforts to reinforce professional and social contacts, strengthen bonds with local counterparts and encourage more female peacekeepers to serve in the hybrid operation, the UNAMID network has grown steadily in all three of Darfur’s sectors.
Female police officers have been making strides in both the support and operational components of the Mission. The work of this Network aims to empower women through workshops and by directly addressing their concerns.
The PWN comprises 522 professional female police officers from more than 25 countries, who use the forum to exchange ideas and knowledge from their countries to increase the impact of their work in Darfur. They also assist in building the capacity of Sudanese female officers and work primarily with all UNAMID components, particularly the Gender Advisory and HIV/AIDS units, and the Communications and Public Information Division, to raise awareness and understanding of issues affecting both UNAMID and Sudanese female police officers.
UNAMID Police officer, Kadi Fakondo, says, “UNAMID female police are committed to working together for peace in Darfur. Whether we’re on firewood, farming, water or confidence building patrols, we share a common goal, which is to contribute to protecting civilians, especially the most vulnerable – the women and children. We are here to find common ground that will help bring the UNAMID Police and Sudanese female officers together.”
The first elected President of the UNAMID Network, Habiba Twumasi-Sarpol, encourages the Sudanese female police officers to “take up the mantle because the time has come to take control of your affairs”.
Ms. Twumasi-Sarpol also stated that in their efforts to build capacity of their Darfuri counterparts, the UNAMID Network has ”held a series of workshops on leadership and team building to strengthen our partnership with Darfuri female officers during our co-location.”
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