In a bid to further enhance the Mission’s capability on gender issues and combating domestic violence, Acting Head of Mission Katja Dominik met the Special Envoy of Norway for Women, Peace & Security, Ms Signe Guro Gilen, and the Norwegian Representative in Palestine, Ambassador Torunn Viste, and briefed the Norwegian delegation about EUPOL COPPS intensive engagement in promoting gender equality in the Palestinian Authority institutions, as well as about the mission’s engagement against domestic violence”.
“We have a number of professional advisers at EUPOL COPPS who are wording directly with the Palestinian counterparts in these fields and we take pride in changing the attitude towards gender equality and domestic violence. We even helped the Palestinian Police to establish a full-fledged unit that tackles domestic violence. This unit is now a key component in police departments, “ Dr. Dominik told the three-member delegation.
EUPOL COPPS is fully dedicated to the inclusion of human rights as well as a gender perspective and gender-mainstreaming standards in all of its activities. The Mission’s Advisers of the Rule of Law Section are also working with Palestinian prosecutors and judges on gender issues .
“We have succeeded in breaking some taboos in these areas,” Dominik said. To expand the expertise , the Mission leaves a room for non-EU member states, such as Norway, Canada and Turkey, to second advisers.