On 8 of December, the Deputy Head of Mission of EUPOL COPPS met with the Heads of the family protection and gender units of the Palestinian Civil Police and of the Ministry of Interior to discuss achievements made up to date and remaining challenges in the work for gender equality and against gender based violence in Palestine and how EUPOL COPPS can support the work ahead.
The meeting was held in connection to the annual 16 Days of Activism Campaign on Gender Based Violence which begins on November 25 and ends with the International Human Rights Day on 10th December.
At the end of this important meeting with Major Wafa Hussein, Head of Gender Unit, Captain Mohammad Ghanam from the Family Protection and Juvenile Unit at PCP and Mrs. Nihad Wahdan, Head of Gender Unit at Ministry of Interior, the deputy Head of EUPOL COPPS mission Lena Larsson reiterated that “the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls is a priority of the EU. In order to reach positive change in society we need to address the attitudes behind why gender based violence occur in the first place which is strongly linked to gender inequality in society. EUPOL COPPS has supported the Palestinian Police in the establishment of both the family protection units and the gender units, in cooperation with international partners for example.”
Together with its Palestinian partners, EUPOL COPPS works since 2006 with the aim to improve the quality of the police and justice services in full compliance with and realization of gender equality and human rights.