EUPOL COPPS advocates for gender equality at meeting with Palestinian Police

At a meeting of Palestinian police officers working on gender issues on 6 October 2020, supported by EUPOL COPPS, the Mission congratulated the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) on its efforts to advance gender equality and promised continued support in this area.

“Gender equality is a core EU value,” said Pasi Aho, Head of the Police Advisory Section at EUPOL COPPS during the meeting. “Among all the Palestinian security forces, the Palestinian Civil Police is the most advanced in gender mainstreaming, and we will continue to support their efforts to make progress in this area. These efforts will have an important impact on the lives of Palestinian women and Palestinian society as a whole”.

The PCP and EUPOL COPPS have a longstanding cooperation on gender issues. For example, in collaboration with UN women, progress was made last year on developing a curriculum for the basic training of new police officers that includes a stronger gender component. The Mission also recently supported the PCP to promote a new telephone hotline to combat gender-based violence.

The meeting of the police officers on 6 October was the first time that people working on gender issues in the PCP in all 11 Palestinian districts were able to meet with the new head of the gender unit, Lt. Colonel Abla Abu Rub. The meeting provided an opportunity for open discussion on the common challenges that they face, as well as propose possible solutions.