Gender Equality is a Prerequisite for a Better World, IOM Tells Women Police Conference in Georgia

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

IOM Georgia is hosting the 9th Annual Regional Women in Policing Conference in the capital Tbilisi. Every year, since 2012, the event has been organized with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and in close cooperation with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law (INL). The Women in Policing Conference is timed each year to celebrate International Women’s Day, and it aims to empower, inspire and educate female criminal justice professionals.

This year the it brought together 260 women from 11 countries of South Eastern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“Gender equality is a prerequisite for a better world. The series of annual conferences have provided excellent platform for bringing together female police officers of various backgrounds. They have created a professional network, that aims to achieve gender-based approach to security, safety, justice and public awareness - a network, that supports women," said Dyane Epstein, IOM Regional Director a.i. for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in her keynote speech.

The Conference provides a unique opportunity to discuss the advancement of career opportunities for women in police and other law enforcement structures and gives unique insights into available options to expand the participation of women not only in day-to-day police issues, but also to secure their participation in decision-making processes at the policy-making level. According to the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan “the role of women in peace and security and the skills they bring to the law enforcement profession are enshrined in the UN Resolution 13-25. With this resolution, the world acknowledged that peace and security efforts are more sustainable, when women are equal partners in preventing violent conflict, delivering relief and recovery and forging lasting peace. It is crucial, that women are stakeholders and custodians in managing and maintaining peace.”

Participants were also welcomed by Vakhtang Gomelauri, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, who spoke about the gender equality and implementation of relevant policies as a priority for the Government.

From 3–6 March 2020 female criminal justice professionals will participate in the dynamic workshops led by top law enforcement officers from the United States and Canada. The topics  range from judgmental use of force to leadership in troubled times.