WPC points out less than one percent women in police services

ISLAMABAD: Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC), in collaboration with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (HBS) organized a one day Roundtable Conference here at the Parliament House on Thursday to initiate a dialogue on the “State of Women Police in Pakistan” with an intent to examine and explore the options in improving the state of women police.

The Conference brought out some crucial points including the presence of less than one percent women in police services, marginalization of women with the police services, absence of women police officers at the policy and decision-making levels, prevailing mindsets within the police regarding women, and discrimination in trainings, positioning and placement of women in police services.

Latest reform initiatives for women policing and gender responsive policing were also highlighted that informed the discussions.

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq graced the Roundtable with his presence as the Chief Guest at the concluding ceremony, while Mr. Balighur Rehman, State Minister for Interior was the Chief Guest at the Opening Session. Representatives from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control including Parliamentary Secretary Ms. Mariyam Aurangzeb, Secretary Interior Mr. Shahid Khan, DG National Police Bureau Mr. Ihsan Ghani, IGs and DIGs from Provincial police also participated in the Roundtable.

In addition to that Parliamentarians from the National Assembly and Senate, representatives from all Provincial Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and experts and legal practitioners working in the area with Police Department and law enforcement agencies discussed the status of Women Policing and issues confronting it.

Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik welcomed the participants. Minister of State for Interior in his key note address stated his full commitment to initiating all efforts and towards improving the state of women police in Pakistan. Similar commitment was extended by Speaker National Assembly in supporting the efforts of the WPC in this regard.

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