Women in Law Enforcement in the ASEAN Region

Women in Law Enforcement in the ASEAN Region

UN Women

Women in Law Enforcement in the ASEAN Region

UN Women

This study explores the experiences and views of women police officers from across the ASEAN region. It seeks to better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with women’s representation, roles and meaningful participation in law enforcement work, and provides a series of recommendations to further enhance such participation. The study was undertaken as a joint project between INTERPOL, UN Women and UNODC from 2019 to 2020 and was generously supported by the Government of Canada.

Introduction

Law enforcement institutions and their leaders face a myriad of challenges in the twenty-first century. Security risks have become more diverse, characterized by global criminal alliances and rapidly changing technological advances. As a result, law enforcement agencies are trying to adapt, cultivate new skills and develop innovative ways of dealing with the ever-evolving transnational security threat landscape through drawing on a wider pool of competencies. These changes are directly linked to the need to value and promote diversity and inclusivity in law enforcement. The summary report of the Research on Women in Law Enforcement in the ASEAN region” summarizes some of the key findings, presents gender statics and highlights selected recommendations from the main report. It offers a snapshot of the current state of affairs with respect to their recruitment, training, deployment and promotion, and provides insights into policies and practices which support or hinder their inclusion and empowerment. It brings together a range of data and is informed by focus groups and individual interviews organized in the 10 ASEAN Member States. A total of 193 female and male police officers contributed their views and experiences (including 184 female officers). Field visits were carried out between July 2019 and March 2020. The findings can inform regional and national policy developments, institutional practices and strategies as well as targeted support from international partners to strengthen efforts to recruit more women and contribute to the meaningful employment of women in law enforcement careers.

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Women in Law Enforcement in the ASEAN Region, UN Women, 2020

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