Improvement of gender mainstreaming in policing
The main objective of this project was to support the implementation of a gender sensitive community policing in selected community policing project sites.
The aim of this project was to increase gender mainstreaming in the Police service in Azerbaijan. The Office has previously engaged law-enforcement agencies in discussions on the matter of gender mainstreaming, and has also consulted extensively with the Senior Gender Advisor (SGA) to the Secretary General. The SGA and her staff have made site visits to locations in Azerbaijan, and this project takes into account the recommendation made by the SGA and her staff. It is intended that an implementing partner will undertake the tasks in this project.
The Project comprised two tasks that are intended to be carried out by the selected implementing partner:
- Development of and publishing a “Gender Mainstreaming” manual.
The manual covers subjects such as definition of gender mainstreaming, the importance of gender mainstreaming in policing, international best practices, situation analysis of gender approaches in policing, etc. The Manual is used as base document to train the police officers during the roundtable discussions
- Organise and conduct three roundtable discussions in the selected Community Policing project sites.
The roundtable discussions were organised with the aim of discussing the gaps in mechanisms of recruitment process, including background checks and personal interviews and find solutions to strengthen the system to ensure involvement of women in policing. The discussions were intended to increase the understanding of the regional police on the tangible benefits that female police officers can contribute to operational activities. Not only are women more likely to report a crime to female officers, it is also a good practice to have trained women present during the investigation procedures. The roundtable events included police leadership from the selected locations as well as neighbourhood police inspectors responsible for working with juveniles and women, particularly, domestic violence, trafficking, sexual abuse and forced marriages.