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25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. 2021 Theme: Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!

25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. 2021 Theme: Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!

Some girls commit suicide to avoid forced marriage - 72% of human trafficking victims are women and girls - Gender-based violence jeopardises girls’ education. These are just some of the reasons why we need to act now to end gender-based violence. Today we #OrangeTheWorld in solidarity with victims of violence, and the EU takes stock of progress made and challenges ahead, one year after adopting the Gender Action Plan III, which promotes gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.  Nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime. In times of crises, the numbers rise, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate disasters. Emotional abuse is also a problem that cannot be ignored During the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of the 'shadow pandemic' of domestic violence increased, showing that for many women and girls, home is not a safe place.  Gender-based cyber violence is also spreading fast. A relatively new phenomenon is experienced by all women, though women visible in public life, such as journalists and politicians, experience gender-based cyber violence disproportionately often, which can affect democratic decision-making: they do not dare express political opinions due to fear of online targeting. The European Commission and the High Representative/Vice President, Josep Borrell: ‘Violence against women and girls is a pervasive human rights violation… We condemn and call for the end of violence against women everywhere, including in conflict situations. Progress is possible and we must continue to work together tirelessly to achieve more. The Commission will propose to extend the list of ‘EU crimes' to cover hate speech and hate crime. This will allow the EU to be able to criminalise gender-based hate speech and hate crime. We will also propose new legislation to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. It will propose concrete measures to prevent such violence, including when perpetrated online, to protect and support victims, improve their access to justice, and to ensure better coordination between competent authorities. We are stepping up our action and call to others for continued commitment and collaboration.’ It remains the responsibility of each and every one of us, acting individually and collectively, to #stopviolenceagainstwomen and to make the world a safer place for all women and girls. Today we #OrangeTheWorld. Will you join us?  

Deputy Head of Mission participates in a high-level event to mark Palestinian Women National Day

Deputy Head of Mission participates in a high-level event to mark Palestinian Women National Day

The Deputy Head of Mission of EUPOL COPPS, Katja Dominik, this morning participated in a high level event to mark Palestinian Women National Day as well as the 21st Anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security. The primary topic of today’s event addressed the legal and judicial mechanisms to protect women in light of the international law and human rights. The event was also addressed by Mohammad Shalaldeh, Minister of Justice, Amal Hamad, Minister of Women Affairs, Qadri Abu Baker, Commissioner of Detainees and Ex-Detainees. as well as Rami Husseini  representing Prime Minister Office.  In her intervention, Deputy Head of Mission reiterated that EUPOL COPPS remains committed to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, working closely with our Palestinian counterparts in developing legislation and policy, and to ensure that implementation is carried out in a gender-sensitive manner, promoting the participation of women, providing equal opportunities and most crucially to the prevention of gender-based violence. As an EU CSDP Mission, the fundamental EU values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights are the silver thread of our engagement. We strive to support a Palestinian society where inclusion, tolerance, justice, solidarity and non-discrimination prevail. Also in line with the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, EUPOL COPPS has developed its own Gender Action Plan, updated annually, including both internal and external activities. Activities are tailored towards the three pillars of the Women, Peace and Security agenda: Protection, Participation, and Gender Mainstreaming, and are equally prioritized in the execution of our mandate. The ratification without reservations by Palestine of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women is a significant achievement, and a step in the right direction. What remains is to apply the Convention to Palestinian law-making at the very earliest. The Mission is actively supporting gender sensitive drafting of legislation through capacity building of personnel engaged in legal drafting. As an illustration, Deputy Head of Mission reminded that EUPOL COPPS was able to finalise 20 capacity building projects in the justice sector in June, in which 380 people were trained, including 201 women (53%) Congratulating all Palestinian woman and girls on their national day, Deputy Head of Mission concluded by reaffirming the support of EUPOL COPPS for the protection of women’s rights, and the required mechanisms for their implementation, expressing confidence that in this very important sphere, tangible milestones will continue to be achieved.

EUPOL COPPS Mission to maintain strategic support to Palestinian Police

EUPOL COPPS Mission to maintain strategic support to Palestinian Police

During a visit to EUPOL COPPS, the Head of Mission Nataliya Apostolova conveyed to the Chief of Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) Major General Yousif Helo that the Mission would maintain its strategic support to PCP in many fields including cybercrime and environmental crimes. To this effect, Mission is in the process of recruiting highly experienced police advisers to further enhance its support to the PCP, Mrs. Apostolova told Mr. Helo during his visit to the Mission’s premises in Ramallah.  Mr. Helo, together with his senior team, briefed the Head of Mission and senior Mission Members on the challenges that the PCP faces, including the need for new recruits and increasing female personnel in PCP service. The Mission’s contribution will be required in the areas of cybercrime, environmental crimes, traffic and other police sciences to accommodate the needs of the citizens, he said. EUPOL COPPS, which was established in 2006, assists the Palestinian Authority in building its institutions for a future Palestinian state, focusing mainly on security and justice sector reforms, under Palestinian ownership and in accordance with the highest European and international standards.

EUPOL COPPS organizes presentations on managing database for provision of trainings by Palestinian Judicial Institute

EUPOL COPPS organizes presentations on managing database for provision of trainings by Palestinian Judicial Institute

The court team of EUPOL COPPS Mission held presentations this week for the senior management, including the members of the Academic Committee,  of the Palestinian Judicial Institute (PJI) and the staff working in the PJI Training Department to introduce the participants to the key features of the Swedish database system for Training and Learning Management. The presentations for eight participants also touched upon topics related to the organisational structure, mandate and activities of the Swedish Training Academy for Judges with a particular focus on the provision of online training activities as a crises management tool during Coivd-19 pandemic. The presentations were followed by a round-table discussion during which the participants had the opportunity to exchange their thoughts and to identify learning points on how to expand the capacity of the PJI in the field of distance learning and online training. “ The pandemic has in many ways reshaped our way of approaching the provision of legal training by moving us away from teacher-led classroom training towards remote based model of training, said Anna Wielgosz, the Mission’s Justice expert. “Our hope is that this opportunity will help promote further exchange initiatives and strengthen the ongoing cooperation between the EUPOL COPPS and the PJI in order to ensure the quality and continuity of legal training in Palestine - especially in times of public health emergency,” she added

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