Project to enforce Women Harassment Bill

By Arshad Dogar

The National Police Bureau (NPB) has launched Gender Responsive Policing Project (GRP) to implement the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill, 2010 and impart training to male and female police officials for creating gender equity in policing.

According to sources, the project, launched in collaboration with the German Technical Co-operation (GTZ), has been named Pak-German Gender Responsive Policing. The GTZ will provide joint technical cooperation to the National Police Bureau Pakistan while the financial assistance for the project will be provided by the Foreign Ministry of Germany. The NPB and GTZ will jointly implement the project of GRP across the country.

The target area of the project will be male and female police officers across the country and the work on project would continue until April 2012. The beneficiaries of the project would be women and men, especially female victims of violence.

The NPB is technically able to develop and implement policies, combat violence against women by strengthening the Gender Crime Centre (GCC), take into consideration the principles of rule of law and gender equity.

The NPB and the GTZ have set five indicators of the project to get maximum practical results. Under the first indicator of the project, the number of trainers for male and female officers will be determined to sensitize training of gender equity at the police training institutions. The NPB and GTZ would ensure under the sub-indicator-1 that a comprehensive gender training and learning strategy has been developed and practiced by a minimum of 30 per cent of police training institutions.

The trainers of trainers will ensure that the gender approach has been integrated into the regular police training system under indicator 2 of the project while under sub-indicator 2, the NPB and GTZ will develop a comprehensive gender strategy for police organizations and get it approved by the highest competent authority by December 31, 2010.

The NPB and the GTZ would ensure that different cases of violence against women are registered under indicator 3 of the Pak-German GRP project. Under indicator 4 of the project, the number of visitors (sex-disaggregated) at police stations will be compiled to asses the ratio of violence against women.

The GRP project will, finally, ensure the establishment of regional networking and co-operation of relevant stakeholders in the field of gender responsive police work. After the establishment of such network, the NPB would get it notified from the authority concerned.

The NPB and GTZ have also decided to work on four outputs in the project to achieve the goal. The NPB, in cooperation with the GTZ, will develop gender-strategy for the Pakistani Police and, consequently, it will try to get notified an affirmative action policy for increasing the number of women by 20 percent at all tiers by 2012. So far, only three percent quota, out of 10 percent reserved for female police officers, has been filled.

Under the first output, Gender Audit of Police Force is being conducted to have baseline of the existing status of police while the police reports to assess gender equality in police would also be reviewed. The review of similar gender audits would also be carried out in at least five countries.

The GTZ would provide technical assistance for the development of a gender strategy for the Pakistani Police while consultative workshops with important stakeholders to discuss various aspects of a gender strategy for police would also be organized. Under the output, the agencies concerned of the GRP project would finalize, notify and disseminate the strategy.

Under Output 2, the NPB will impart training to both male and female Pakistani police officers on maintaining rule of law and gender equality. Under the output, the training curricula for various ranks of police with a gender perspective would be reviewed and revised. The qualification curricula for male and female police officers incorporating gender at basic training level would be developed. The GTZ would assist NPB in the development of a training strategy for all police organizations to include gender in their trainings. Imparting training to police official from across the country will also be the part of output-2 of the project besides building up gender expertise in the training centers of the Pakistani police.

Under Output 3, the GTZ will ensure that the National Police Bureau Gender Crime Center has been institutionally strengthened in policy making, especially about the basic trainings and recruitment of women. Under the Output, the GTZ will help NPB in developing a strategy for the implementation and monitoring of the SOPs for women victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV), besides providing advisory help in establishing a database at Gender Crime Centre (GCC) and establishing Gender Crime Units in each province to send data from the districts to GCC.

Under Output 4, it would be ensured that a regional network of relevant stakeholders in the field of gender responsive police work is established. Under the network, analysis of recruitment police of Pakistan Police organizations for induction of women would be done. The GTZ will provide technical assistance to the NPB and GCC in the development of concepts for the promotion of women within the police. The GTZ would also assist NPB and GCC in establishing a Women Police Network at Federal Level. The German organization will also provide assistance to NPB in carrying out campaigns to promote the work of female officers within the Pakistani Society. It will also help in carrying out a regional event on best practices in the field of gender responsive policing. Finally, Women Police Network will be established and linked with International Women Police Association.

It is pertinent to mention that President Asif Ali Zardari signed, on March 9, the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill, 2010, aimed at providing a safe working environment. He reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring equal rights for men and women in accordance with the Constitution. He recalled the commitment made by BB at the Beijing Conference and in the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly) document, and urged the government to seek guidance from her vision to achieve gender equality. The bill aimed at creating a working environment for women free from harassment, abuse and intimidation, he added. The bill was unanimously passed by the National Assembly on Jan 21 and by the Senate on Feb 26.


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