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  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 1:10 PM | Anonymous member
    The International Association of Women Police is attending the October meeting of the International Expert Group (IEG) hosted by UN Women.  We will be providing comments and remarks on the draft publication "Practitioner's Manual on Women's Access to Justice."  This meeting will take place on 17-18 October 2016 in New York (US).  The Manual highlights barriers to gender bias in justice delivery and persistent gender discriminatory laws in justice institutions.  This Manual complies with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and General recommendation no. 33 (GR33) of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on women’s access to justice. It is the most comprehensive authoritative global policy guidance available.  The meeting follows the work of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for global equality and empowerment of women.  The IAWP presented sessions at the last few CSW meetings in New York and pledged its support for the SDGs.  The organization now has an opportunity to review the draft "Manual on Women's Access to Justice" and provide the IEG with views and comments.

    Third Vice President Sandra Martin has been tasked with representing the IAWP in New York as well as compiling and presenting our recommendations.  In turn, IAWP is asking its Members for review and comment on the Manual; respond directly to Sandra at  Deadline for Responses
    is October 7, 2016.  This will ensure your input is reviewed and captured in time for the meeting.

    Download from the IAWP webpage at
    • Draft of the Women's Access to Justice Manual which will be the subject of discussion at the meeting in October, being  provided to IAWP Members for review and comment directly to Third Vice President, Sandra Martin,
    • Overview of the October meeting along with its provisional agenda.  This paper provides a detail of the meeting and the agenda.
    • Links are also on the webpage to the 21 September 2016 Peace Day flyer, CSW60, CSW59, the U.N SDGs

    • You can also find details on these initiatives at YouTube Videos on SDGs
    If you need specific material emailed directly, please contact Carol Paterick,

    United Nations Global SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS - Overview
    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentThere are seventeen Global Goals with 169 targets between them. Spearheaded by the United Nations through its 193 Member States, these goals are formally captured in United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1 of 25 September 2015. The Resolution builds on the principles popularly known as The Future We Want. The SDGs out flow from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's frequently-quoted remark that "there can be no Plan B, because there is no Planet B."  The broad range of sustainable development issues include ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. The specific Sustainable Development Goals embraced by the organization are in line with the IAWP Mission -To strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally. Those SDG goals are:
    •    #5 Gender Equality,
    •    #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions,

    IAWP Broadcast Service September 25, 2016

  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 7:11 AM | Anonymous member

    U.S. Senators seek to boost women in international forces

    Also, according to the United Nations, women make up 3 percent of total military forces deployed to peacekeeping missions and 9 percent of total police forces deployed to peacekeeping missions.

    For law enforcement, the U.S. State Department would have to ensure that women make up at least 10 percent of participants from foreign countries getting law enforcement training.

    In her statement, Boxer said more women in peacekeeping missions could curb alleged sexual abuse.

    “When women are deployed on peacekeeping missions, there are fewer allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation,” she said. “Women soldiers and police are uniquely capable of reaching out to underserved populations, demobilizing and reintegrating female ex-combatants, and mentoring other women."

    The underrepresentation of women affects mission effectiveness, Shaheen added.

    "Women bring an invaluable and necessary skill set to their units,” she said in a written statement. “We know that women all across the globe are ready and willing to meet the challenge of serving in security forces alongside male colleagues. Through our support of foreign security forces, the United States is in a position to empower women through participation in security forces.”

  • Sunday, August 21, 2016 8:43 AM | Anonymous member

    Senior Superintendent Maxine I. Graham
    Guyana Police Force


  • Sunday, August 21, 2016 8:42 AM | Anonymous member

    54th Annual IAWP Training Conference is just around the corner! 

  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:34 AM | Anonymous member

    From TIME:

    There is a simple solution to America's policing problem:  More Female Cops

  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:34 AM | Anonymous member

    Get to know Phoenix’s first female police chief, Jeri Williams

  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:33 AM | Anonymous member

    Los Angeles Times, Opinion
    One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men.  What we don’t talk about is how the greatest predictor of violence isn’t religion, occupation or race. It’s gender.

  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:32 AM | Anonymous member

    CBC Investigates
    Quebec police forces have best representation of women in Canada
    32% of Montreal's force are women, Winnipeg and Northern RCMP rank lowest

  • Saturday, April 23, 2016 6:29 AM | Anonymous member

    Retired Australia Queensland Deputy Commissioner Kath Rynders keynote on the 85th anniversary of women in the Queensland service:

    "Four phases of development:
    -battle to be a female police officer
    -achieving equality in the Service
    -achieving power in the role
    -current phase of rebuilding women in policing"

  • Friday, April 22, 2016 6:31 AM | Anonymous member

    The police have traditionally been regarded as men's profession. In the Nigeria Police, no woman had held the post of national spokesman since the unification of the various municipal and regional police organisations to form the national police in the 1960s, until August 28 last year. That was when Olabisi Kolawole was appointed Force Public Relations Officer by Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase. How does it feel to be Nigeria's first female FPRO, to manage the image of an organisation dominated by men? Yemi Akinsuyi, in this report, brings focus to the experiences of Kolawole 

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