The UN Police works toward gender equality by identifying the unique ways conflict affects women, men, girls and boys and addressing their security needs.
The United Nations has long worked towards the rights of women, a goal that is outlined in the first paragraph of the United Nations Charter.
Since 2009, the United Nations have been working increasingly to include more female officers amongst their ranks. The Security Council Resolution 2242 stipulates that the United Nation must double the number of female officers by 2020.
Female officers are not only important for enforcing the rule of law, planning, intelligence, and public order but also for gender awareness and engaging communities through community-oriented policing. Female officers are also seen as role models and can help inspire women and girls to advocate for their rights, increase their community engagement, and pursue careers in law enforcement and security. Having more female officers will provide better access and support to local women needing assistance.
If you’re a police officer interested in serving with the United Nations you can visit the UN Police.