Palestine : EU Police Mission trained on gender mainstreaming
August 3, 2020
The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) from Sweden is one of the world’s leading agencies working on peace, security and development. FBA offers training for managers in international peace operations on how to institutionalize gender mainstreaming in order to identify and address gender inequalities in everyday work. In EUPOL COPPS, European Union Police and Rule of Law Mission, managers have first received basic training, and then been provided with individual coaching sessions once a month.
According to Clemens Mueller, deputy head of the Rule of Law Section in EUPOL COPPS, the individual coaching he receives each month boosts his confidence while taking on this role. The training and coaching provided by FBA complements the mission’s own efforts for gender mainstreaming.
Bostjan Smolej, acting head of the Police Advisory Section that supports the civilian Palestinian police authority, explains that he is often involved in hands-on, operational issues, and that the training has inspired him in this work. “For example, we have supported the Palestinian Police in setting up a hotline for reporting gender-based violence and domestic violence, and we are particularly supporting them in their efforts to raise awareness of people in order to call and report incidents. We also advice the Palestinian police on how to treat women and men equally. Women and girls have a right to be treated as well as men and boys”, Bostjan says.
EUPOL COPPS is the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support. The aim of the Mission is to contribute to the establishment of sustainable and effective policing arrangements and to advise Palestinian counterparts on criminal justice and rule of law related aspects under Palestinian ownership.