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Attributes Of Women Police
It Is A Challenge For Women To Retain Their Femininity While Still Saving Respect As A Police Officer. To Be Accepted As Female Police Officers By Male Staff, Women In The Police Force Have To Leave Their Ladylikeness Behind.

The Fact Is That When We Think Of Ladylikeness The First Thoughts Are Of A Woman’s Physical Look Versus A Man’s. They Are Conventional Features Such As A Curvy Body, Long Hair, Makeup, Jewelry, Nail Polish, Fancy Dresses, And High Heel Shoes, To Name A Few. But With The Implantation Of Police Uniform On All The Women In Police Force Are Set To A Standard To All Look Somewhat Alike, And Helps In Ignoring Many Differences That Exist Between Men And Women In The Force. The Soldier Mindset Keeps All Officers Looking The Same In Order To Make Police Easily Recognizable To The Public And Looking Like Part Of The Same Team, While Keeping The Form At A Professional Standard.

The Femininity Characteristics Of Female Police Officers Are Behaviors Like Sympathy To Others’ Feelings, And Interpersonal Skills That Lead To A Better Ability To Interconnect With Others Successfully. Men Are Commonly Known To Be More Physical In Action To Communication, While Females Are More Known To Help People Speak Out Their Problems And Give An Active Ear, Leaving Behind The Physical Altercations As A Last Option. In Part This May Be Due To The Fact That Women Have To Use Words Over Physical Force, As Most Of Us Don’t Carry The Physical Stature That Men Do Giving Them A More Strategic Advantage For Fighting. This Is Where Women Are Actually Needed In Police Force. With Women In Police With Men, The Concept Of “Good Cop” And “Bad Cop” Can Be Easily Played Around.

In A Society Like Pakistan Where Women Are Seen For Compassion And A Listening Ear And Men For The Physical Protection Role, This Mix Can Actually Create A Very Good Team.



Empower The Women Police
Men And Women Both Comprise Of Skills And Abilities To Do Various Tasks And Jobs. Working Together Brings Out The Best In Both The Genders. In A Profession Like Police Force, No Doubt It Is Very Challenging To Find The Right Attitude, Skills And Aptitude In Female Hiring. But It Is Important To Focus On Hiring The Right Group Of People Who Know Their Duty Rather Than Focusing On The Gender Differences.

It Is Important To Build Confidence In Female Police Officers And Bring Them Closer To The Community And To Do This We Need To Show The Women Police That They Are Just As Skilled As A Male Police Officer And That There Are No Moral And Physical Barriers. Through Media And Education The Awareness Of Women Police Role And Importance To The Society Must Be Raised.

Enrolling More And More Women Into The Police Force And Grinding Down The Current Humiliation Linked With Female Policing Is Precarious For The Wellbeing Of Women In The Society And The Increased Solidity Of A Nation.

A Change Is Must Across Various Sectors For Women To Gain Equality In All Fields Of Educations, Politics, Economically, Leadership Roles And Most Importantly Change Is Needed In The Attitude By The Public And By The Women Themselves To Support Each Other.

Not To Forget, If Women Are Mostly Needed In The Health Sector To Comfort The Female Patients Then Women In Police Also Play A Critical Role As Female Officers Give Female Victims A Chance To Talk To A Policewoman And Gain Access To Female Lawyers When They May Not Feel Comfortable Speaking With Men. So, It Is Time We Empower Our Women And Let The Empowerment Of Educated Women Serve As The Key To Empowering All The Women In A Society.



Why Do We Need Women Police?
There Is A Tactical Difference Between Male And Female Officers. It Is In The Best Interest Of The Society To Capitalize On The Differences And Use Them To Their Benefit. While On The Other Side, The Differences Can Also Cause Challenges In The Process Of Training.

The Increase In The Number Of Women In The Police Force Can Go Far Beyond In Improving Violence Against Women. Women In The Society Can Actually Be Less Reluctant To Discuss And Register Cases Of Violence With Female Police Officers. Also, Females Involved In Crimes Can Be Dealt By Female Police Officers And The Cases Of Female Harassments By Men Police Officers Can Reduce.

The Benefit Of Women In Police Is That Female Officers Are Less Likely To Use Excessive Negative Energy. It Is A Known Fact; Women Considerably Are Less Involved In Engaging In Unnecessary Vigor, Resulting In Less Negative Publicity. Women Police Don’t Use Physical Strength To Handle Dangerous Situations Which Results In Positive Outcomes.

The Nature Of Women Is Less Easy To Anger Even In The Most Stressful A Situation. Anger Is More Likely To Come To A Male Officer Than A Female Officer. Due To Which Most Situations Are Solved Without The Use Of Violence And Physical Strength But Rather More Of Communication And Mutual Negotiations. Communication, Problem Solving, And Cooperation With Community Members Are Areas In Which Women Officers Receive Better Evaluations Than Their Male Counterparts.

The Presence Of Women In The Police Force Can Bring About Valuable Modifications In Policy For All Officers And Community As A Whole.



Reasons Women Police Are 1% Of Total Force In Pakistan
The Alarming Low Rate Of Women Police In Pakistan Is A Noteworthy Barricade To Improving Justice For Female Victims Of Gender-Based Violence. Mostly, Women Are Reluctant To Report Crimes Such As Rape Or Sexual Harassment To Male Officers, As Reported By Different Female Police Officers During The Interview Conducted With Individualland.

Less Than 1% Of Policewomen Of Total Police Force Are Employed In Pakistan And They Are Not Even Given Any Senior Ranks. The Daunting Image Of Policing As A Male Profession And A Career Unsuitable For Women Does Deter Their Entry.

Women In Police Cope With This Endless Judgement Of Their Competencies In Different Ways. Many Women Complained Of Male Rebelliousness As Well As An Inclination Of Male Colleagues To Distrust A Senior Woman Police. Some Believe That It Fell Upon Them To Work Twice Or Three Times As Hard To Prove Themselves And Their Skills.

The Police Force Must Take Mainstreaming And Integrating Gender Equality Needs Seriously To Recognize The Cultural Imperatives That Require Working Women To Carry The Burdens Of Traditional Roles, And The Simple Biological Fact That Women Are Not Men. In Every Interview Conducted By Individualland, Women Police Mentioned The Level Of Stress They Faced From Family’s Expectation That They Must Fulfil All Domestic Obligations Even As They Put In A Full Day’s Work With No Quarter Given. Simple Things Weighed Heavily In The Job Satisfaction Scales – Like The Absence Of Proper Day Care System And A Place To Rest In Private, Lack Of Pick Up And Drop Off Facilities, Etc.

Lastly, The Biasness In Promotions And Salary Packages Between Men And Women, And Their Lack Of Representation In Senior Posts Does Bear Credence To This.

Witch Such Challenges Out There For Women, It Is Only The Strong Women Who Are Determined To Push Through And Fight On. All These Strong Women Were Interviewed And Captured Live By Individualland In The Interviews As They Overcame Multiple Hardships At Work, In The Community And Also Within Their Families.



Women Police Around The World
Women Nowadays Around The Globe Are Ascending Their Statuses In The Police Forces In Countless Ways. Women In Police Are Actively Being Involved In Various Activities Such As; Opposing Terrorism In Pakistan, Reducing Exploitation In Peru, Or Keeping The Peace At Local Protests, Women Police Are Powerful And Are Becoming A Strong Force.

In Iraq, Women Police Are Enrolled At Frontiers And Protecting Innocent Lives Along With Helping Women In Iraq To Register Cases. They Are Not Only Limited To This But Are Also Learning To Handle Different Weapons Like To Disassemble AK-47s In Basic Training At The Iraqi Police Academy In Karbala. Women Police In Iraq Are Now Hired In The First Class Elite Officer Training.

The Gender Discrimination In Poland In Women Police Is Based On Rare Promotion Of Female Officers Despite The Fact That Women Are Highly Educated And Hold Superior Degrees. Female Police Officers In Poland Are Part Of Police Force Ever Since 1925 And Make Up To 15% Of The Total Police Force.

In Pakistan, Women Police Make Up Only 1% Of The Total Police Force. Whereas, The Need For Women Police In The Pakistan Police Force Is Significant To Fight Terrorism And Fanaticism In The Country. With Women Being Enrolled In The Police It Can Progress The Actions Against Ferocious Activism And Radicalism.

In Liberia, All-Female Police Units Are Responsible For UN Peacekeeping Operations. Internationally, Women Today Make Up About 10 Percent Of Police Recruits In UN Peacekeeping Assignments.

In Afghanistan, Women Make Up Less Than 1 Percent Of The National Police Force. But Surprisingly, Though A 2011 Poll Funded By The UN Development Programme Found That 53 Percent Of Afghans Are In Approval Of Having Female Police Officers In Their Societies To Support The Women Population In Afghanistan.

The Ghana Police Service Has One Of The Uppermost Extents Of Women In West African Police Forces, With An Estimated 20 Percent As Of 2007. The Policewomen Are Leading The Fight Against Human Trafficking In Ghana And Lead Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Rescuing Hundreds Of Victims.

In Peru, Women Police Comprise Around 11% Of The Total Police Force. Women In Peru Police Are Particularly Enrolled As Traffic Officers And Are Actively Involved In Decreasing The Rate Of Corruption In The Country.

Read About The Strength Of Women Police In Pakistan In Four Different Provinces; Punjab Women Police, KPK Women Police, Sindh Women Police & Baluchistan Women Police In Detail By Stats Displayed In An Infographic.



Discrimination Against Women Police
Benazir Bhutto The First Female In Pakistan To Lead A Political Party Established The First Women’s Police Station In The Country. The Aim Of Promoting Women Police Was To Protect The Female Public In Pakistan But Unfortunately The Progress On This Significant Project Has Been Slow And Oppressed With Glitches.

The Women Police In Pakistan Maybe Daring, But Without Any Doubt They Are Also Still Uncommon. These Women In Uniform Make Up Less Than 1% Of The Force In Pakistan, And Their Prosperous Profession Has Been Pitted By Discrimination. Different Insights Surveyed By Individualland And Observed During The Interviews With Different Female Officers Clearly Shows That The Experience Of Women Police Being In The Minority Is Open To Degradation, Discrimination And Authorization Of Male Staff And Negative Public Perception Of Women Police Are All Jumbled Up In One Occupation.

Women Police All Over The World Undergo The Stress Of Gender Discrimination. In Indonesia Women Entering The Police Force Are Obliged To Take A Virginity Test. In Our Neighbor Country Afghanistan, Women Police Have Reported On Sexual Abuse And Rape. But Due To Different Awareness Campaigns, Seminars And Publications As Undertaken By Individualland And Similar Institutes It Is Now Widely Acknowledged That Having Additional Women In The Police Is Fundamental To Building An Establishment That Guards The Rights Of Women And Aids, Rather Than Obstructs, Their Admittance To Uprightness.

Individualland Pakistan (IL-Pakistan) With The Support Of The Royal Norwegian Embassy Has Embarked On An Initiative Titled, “Women Police As Change Agents And Gender Based Police Reforms”. The Current Initiative Is An Attempt Towards Showcasing And Recognizing The Work Of Women Police Personnel As Well As Highlighting The Issues And Challenges They Are Confronted With. Based On Our Learning From The Experiences Of The Women Police, We Would Also Like To Advocate For Gender Based Police Reforms Based On Their Recommendations The Cities Of Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Gilgit And Islamabad Are Being Covered During The Project And Tools Like Field Visits, Interviews, Baseline Survey, Public Awareness Campaigns And Dialogues With Civil Society, Police And Government Functionaries On Gender Based Reforms Within The Police Are Being Used.



Women Police In Pakistan
Women Must Be Signified In The Police Force Of Any Democratic Country. Women Have Demonstrated That They Could Be Excellent Police Officers But Are Unfortunately Down Casted From This Occupation Because Police Work Is Conventionally Seen As A Male Dominant Career. Due To This Conventional Thinking Women In The Police Are Time And Again Discriminated. Women Police Officers System In Pakistan Should Work Aggressively To Build Equal Opportunities For Women To Join And Work In The Police Services In All The 4 Provinces Of Pakistan, I.E. Punjab, Baluchistan, Sindh & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Embracing Of A Career In Police By A Woman, Especially A Job Which Is Well-Thought-Out To Be Unconventional, Harsh And Even Dangerous, Is Not Looked On Favorably By The Society In Pakistan. A Change In The Mindset Of The Society Is Essential, If The Women Are To Play Their Role In The Law Enforcement Department.

The Individualland Survey On “Male Perception Of Women Police In Pakistan” Indicates That Although There Is A Substantial Awareness, Regarding The Present And Potential Contribution Of Female Police Within The Male Police Personnel, But They Do Not Consider The Environment Suitable For Women. 46% Or 286 Respondents In The Survey Opposed To Support The Induction Of Females From Their Family In This Line Of Work. One Other Reason For This Can Also Be Due To The Negative Perception Of The Police Present Within The Public. It Is Imperative For The Police, In The Prevalent Deteriorating Law And Order Situation; To Become Gender Responsive, Not Only Through Induction Of More Women, But Also By Changing Of The Overall Behavior And Attitude Within The Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

he Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP) initiative was dream come true for hundreds of youth residing in different corners of Pakistan. The socio-political scenario of the country is marred with violent extremism and hatred and the youth particularly those residing in far-flung and violence prone districts of Pakistan remain vulnerable. This leaves little space for free thinking and creative abilities of the youth to show their potential. YAP targeted and catered such young minds that were willing to come forward and show their prowess to fight off extremism. It started with a speech competition but ended as a team of youngsters who were willing to break off the chains of ignorance and violent extremism and was ready to make their voice heard.
 

 

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