Gender remains a key area of focus for UN police, says Police AdviserListen /
The United Nations needs more female police officers for its peacekeeping missions.
That's what Stefan Feller, the United Nations Police Advisor, said in his first briefing to the press since taking up his post in May this year.
Mr. Feller said gender remains a key area of focus for the UN police division which it is addressing in part through a campaign, started by his predecessor, called "Global Effort".
"We must have more female police officers among our Blue Berets and the Global Effort represents our dedication to the equal representation of women and men in both the United Nations and the host state police services with whom we work hand in hand. We have had some success but much more needs to be done in this area. Our police component in UNFICYP in Cyprus for example, now includes 22 per cent of women. UNMISS in South Sudan has 19 per cent of female officers and UNMIL in Liberia has thirteen." (30")
Stefan Feller said another example, Rwanda, one of the top ten police contributing countries, currently deploys approximately 380 United Nations police globally with 160 of them being women.
The aim of the UN Global Effort, launched in August 2009, is to recruit more female police officers into national police services and into UN police peacekeeping operations around the world.
The goal of the United Nations is to have 20 per cent female police officers by 2014.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.