Regional Training Conference for women in policing.
The SARPCCO Regional Training Conference for Women in Police was held in Maputo, Mozambique from 22 to 25 July 2019. It was officially opened by the Inspector General of the Mozambican Police, Mr Bernardino Rafael. The theme of the Conference was “Shaping Visionary and Transformational Leadership in the Police”. The conference was attended by Angola, Botswana, DRC, Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and RB Harare. There were guest presenters from Ministry of Interior, Defense, Foreign Affairs, UNESCO, UN Women, UNDP, Director Counter Terrorism from Kenya, and Ministry of Health. There were 500 females and 50 males.
The aim of the Regional Conference was to develop the knowledge, skills, attributes and competencies of Law Enforcement Women personnel. The Conference was designed to comprehensively respond to contemporary policing needs and is envisaged to enhance Women Empowerment and Gender Based Violence as well as Crimes against Women and Children.
The course helped women to achieve self-actualization, build positive Interpersonal Relationships and develop Effective Policing skills by equipping the participants with sound understanding of the underlying principles, models and Psychological Approaches to their duties.
FOLLOW-UP ACTION TO BE TAKEN
It was noted that there is need for the RB to monitor and evaluate the impact of the training to ensure improvement in the empowerment of women.
The Course was a resounding success as it highlighted several issues pertaining to empowering Women Police at all levels. There is however still room for creation of synergies with counterparts in IPSG for future Courses.