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Latest items for EWCMS-LAW-4

Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The state does recruit women to police. While there is no specific data, there are actually more women in police than military" (1).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"In order to ensure the safety of policewomen, in 1395 (2016) MoI developed a guide on prevention of sexual harassment, with one of its main objectives to ensure the implementation of the Anti-Harassment Law" (1).
Oct. 12, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"...The judge also commended a police officer who testified against her colleagues, whom she witnessed beating a detained suspect. The police officers were themselves placed under investigation, but press reported in July that the public prosecutor filed another appeal, and the case could go to trial a third time" (4). Indicates that females are recruited into the police force. In this case she was also able to testify against male colleagues (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"[T]he committee recommends that the State party:...(g) Continue to increase the number of women judges and police officers" (4-5). "The Committee is particularly concerned about:...The concentration of women judges and police officers in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e Sharif and Jalalabad, owing to the lack of security in other regions, the dearth of trained female police officers assigned to family response units, and their assignment to clerical tasks" (7-8). "[T]he Committee urges the State party:...To increase the number of women judges assigned to units prosecuting violence against women and assign female police officers to family response units throughout the country, ensuring their protection, in particular in provinces and districts where security is...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The law prohibits arbitrary interference in matters of privacy, but authorities did not always respect its provisions. The criminal procedure code contains additional safeguards for the privacy of the home, prohibiting night arrests, requiring the presence of a female officer during residential searches, and strengthening requirements for body searches. The government did not always respect these prohibitions" (12).
Aug. 11, 2021, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"GREVIO reported a need for more female police officers to fulfill the government’s pledge always to match a victim of violence with an officer of the same gender"(10).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Baljit Kaur lives two lives. In the first, she’s a policewoman, composed and authoritative in a pressed uniform and red lipstick. In the second, she’s an aging bride, abandoned by her husband and sleeping under sheets printed with red hearts" (Para 47). "Baljit became a cop in 1995. She worked her way up through training courses and exams and is an assistant sub-inspector at the Fatehgarh Sahib District headquarters in Punjab. She has a sunny government flat with a plant-filled terrace and drives both a scooter and a car" (Para 56).
July 21, 2021, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The Australian Federal Police will recruit hundreds of women under a new strategy to boost the number of female officers to 30 per cent within seven years" (Para 1). "'The AFP already has a number of senior, experienced women within the organisation and incredible women coming through the ranks, but we want and need to do better'" (Para 6).
July 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Prince Mohammed bin Salman, named heir to the throne in June 2017, has pushed an economic plan, known as 'Vision 2030', that aims to boost the female quota in the workplace from 22 percent to 30 percent by 2030.King Salman - his father - has signed off on decrees allowing women to apply online for their own business licences. Women are now also permitted to join the Saudi police force"(para 96,97).
July 1, 2021, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Interestingly, two women are at the forefront of this effort: Eka Zguladze, the first deputy interior minister, and Khatia Dekanoidze, the country’s national police chief. In addition to improving training programs and introducing new uniforms, they have also overseen a rapid increase in the hiring of female police officers" (para 3).
June 29, 2021, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"[Baghdad] — As in many places, women who work in law enforcement in Iraq have yet to achieve equality with their male counterparts, but they're making progress. The Rescue Directorate of the Ministry of Interior deployed Nov. 17 a group of policewomen to patrol the streets of Baghdad and monitor the gates of girls’ schools, colleges, institutes and markets in a bid to combat harassment in public places" (para 1-2). "The Police Academy confirmed the graduation of 158 female police officers between 2011 and 2017 and said that 25 more are to graduate in next July. Of note, women have only been allowed to take part in four of the...more
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"As for women in the State Police, as at December 2008, they amounted to 14.664, of whom 917 performing managerial duties" (56).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

“As Pakistan struggles with extremism and terrorism, a growing number of women are joining the country's security forces. Photographer Sa'adia Khan recently spent some time with the female police commandos in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. During months of intense exercises, these Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) commandos acquire essential skills in survival, hostage rescue, counterterrorism operations, and policing protests” (para 1).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, passed in 2000, Afghanistan has put in place the Elimination of Violence against Women Law (EVAW Law), including the establishment of the Commissions on EVAW at national and local levels and the EVAW Prosecution Units. It also has seen to the creation of women protection centers and the progressive increase in recruitment of policewomen. Today, across Afghanistan, there are 205 gender response units, run primarily by women of the Afghanistan National Police, in some of the most troubled parts of the country. Despite the challenges they face in gaining acceptance, I am encouraged by the dedication of these Afghan policewomen. Their motivations to...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola

“Angola has a significant number of non-governmental associations, which attests to the openness to such organizations and to the capacity of women, including: the Angolan Women’s Organization, the Association of Women Entrepreneurs, the League of Angolan Women, the Angolan Association of Women Lawyers, the Women’s Network, the Association of Women Police, the Association of Women Parliamentarians, the Forum of Women Journalists for Gender Equality, the Association of Women Journalists, the Women in Action Platform and the Network of Women Living with HIV/AIDS” (pp. 28-29).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"But Superintendent Pili Simon Misungwi, who heads the gender desk at the Shinyanga district police station, dismisses any claims of wrongdoing by her staff" (para 34).
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The Bhopal Police’s Nirbhaya Women’s Patrol is under the scanner for moral policing. The team is named after the December 16 gang-rape victim’s pseudonym. The six-member police unit consists of an SUV with a male driver and four women constables led by Sub-Inspector Namita Sahu, an officer who has previously dealt with crimes against women in Jabalpur" (para 1-2).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"As part of a decision made at the G8 summit (June, 2013) to offer army and police security training to 7,000 security personnel, Libyan troops will be sent to the UK for training. There are no women among these personnel, despite years of successful women-formed police and security units first deployed in post-war Liberia in 2003" (5). "Qadhafi exploited women’s rights discourses to prove his modernity and enlightenment. He made pronouncements on women’s advancement and gave them highly visible and sexualized roles as his personal bodyguards" (6).
June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The reform of the internal affairs agencies and their integration into the global system requires the broad involvement of women in law enforcement activities. This principle was incorporated in the police reform strategy approved by Presidential decree in March 2013. The Ministry of Internal Affairs will conduct a continuous review of recruitment procedures and job descriptions from a gender perspective in order to identify possible elements of prejudice against women applicants and obstacles to their recruitment and if necessary, make adjustments to these procedures" (9).
March 16, 2020, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Efforts have been made to recruit additional women police officers. As of September 2015, a total of 2,834 female police officers had been recruited and trained; however, this is only 2% of the total police force. A hindering factor is the prevailing cultural prohibitions and male domination which prevents women from working outside the home and thus making recruitment and retention difficult." (6).
March 4, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"According to Oxfam, the number of female police officers, attorneys and judges has also increased, thus enabling women greater access to protection and justice." (7).
Nov. 14, 2019, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"policewoman warns a woman about the state of her clothing and hair during a crackdown on adhering to the strict Islamic dress code in Tehran April 22, 2007" (picture caption).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria

"In areas under its control, ISIS published a 'Civilization Document' with 16 points that a woman must follow or face the death penalty. They included staying at home and not leaving it without an immediate male relative (mahram); wearing a wide cloak, full face veil, and headscarf; closing hair salons; not sitting on chairs in public; and not seeing male doctors. ISIS established the 'al-Khanssaa' brigade, an all-female police force in the city of Raqqa, composed mostly of noncitizen women who enforced these regulations, sometimes violently, among women" (Pg 47).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Domestic violence against women and girls remained a serious problem. Violence against women and girls, including early and forced marriage, was believed to be one of the major factors responsible for women’s relative poor health, livelihood insecurity, and inadequate social mobilization. Additionally, the practice of early and forced marriage, which remained prevalent, limited girls’ access to education and increased their susceptibility to domestic violence and sexual abuse. The 2009 Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act allows for settling complaints of domestic violence through mediation with an emphasis on reconciliation. Authorities usually pursued prosecution under the act only when mediation failed. The Nepal Police had women’s cells staffed by female officers...more
July 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The police force has included women since 1970, and during the year two women achieved the rank of brigadier general and general director" (p. 10).
June 23, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"According to the African Union’s observation mission, women represented 12 percent of personnel working at polling stations" (p. 16).
June 20, 2019, 11:09 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"Recruitment and retention of female police officers is undermined by factors ranging from a near total lack of woman-only toilets and changing facilities in police stations, to a failure by the government to respond to multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment of female police officers by male colleagues. n spite of these allegations of abuse and rape, government officials in discussions with Human Rights Watch have been unable to point to a single case where male police officers have been successfully prosecuted for abuse or assault of a female colleague. The Afghanistan government does not have any law or program to deal with workplace sexual harassment including for the...more
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"In October, Ta’iz resistance forces announced the graduation of the first class of female police officers, according to official government media" (39).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"In addition, five police departments and one corps of gendarmes now have gender units, which help to process complaints in cases of violence against women and girls. Since April 2014, these units have recorded and responded to 1,541 cases of gender-based violence" (16). "Women have been able to join the National Police of Côte d’Ivoire since 1987. Out of 457 commissioners in the police force, 52 are female. Women hold 15 of 237 decision-making posts, which is 6 per cent. In 2011, the first woman Director of Administration of the National Police was appointed. In 2012, the first woman district chief was appointed. To date, there are 2 women district...more
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP)… the minister of police heads the RSIP force of 1,492 members, including 335 women" (2).