CAR / WOMEN SECURITY FORCES

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Women are an essential pillar in the reconstruction of the Central African Republic (CAR), a country torn apart by recurrent armed conflicts. As such, not only male but also female, are encouraged to join the new Internal Security Forces (ISF). MINUSCA

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STORY: CAR / WOMEN SECURITY FORCES
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DATELINE: 3 FEBRUARY 2020, BANGUI, CENTRAL ARFRICAN REPUBLIC / FILE

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3 FEBRUARY 2020, BANGUI, CENTRAL ARFRICAN REPUBLIC

1. Various shots, traffic in Bangui

FILE – MINUSCA - 23 JANUARY 2020, BANGUI, CENTRAL ARFRICAN REPUBLIC

2. Various shots, recruits at the Gendarmerie school in Bangui

FILE – MINUSCA - 17 SEPTEMBER 2019, BANGUI, CENTRAL ARFRICAN REPUBLIC

3. Various shots, police, and gendarmerie recruiting competition sporting events

FILE – MINUSCA - 21 JANUARY 2020, BANGUI, CENTRAL ARFRICAN REPUBLIC

4. SOUNDBITE (French) Maxime Senga, Director of the National Police School in the Central African Republic:
"Last year, for example, of the 250 recruits, we had 60 women. But this year we have doubled the number of women at the national police school, we have at least 25.8 per cent. Of the 500, there are 132 women."
5. Various shots, written tests of the police and gendarmerie recruitment competition

FILE – MINUSCA - 23 JANUARY 2020, BANGUI, CENTRAL ARFRICAN REPUBLIC

6. SOUNDBITE (French) Rebecca Nnanga, Police Component of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
"We need parity, that is to say, gender representation, and given the good manner of a woman, we say that we must encourage the promotion of women. Therefore, we had to sensitize women from the start so that they participate in this recruitment."
7. Various shots, recruits Gendarmerie national school
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Nicolette Wolobili, Commander of the Training Squadron at the National Gendarmerie School:
"The government has seen the importance of women in the Internal Security Forces.”
9. Various shots, recruits Gendarmerie national school
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Roïmale Belvia de Bonheur, Student at the National Gendarmerie School:
"What motivated me to participate in this competition is to promote women within the national gendarmerie and to show other girls that there is no job that women cannot do. So, compared to the 50/50 parity, women must do the same thing as men."

FILE – MINUSCA - 21 JANUARY 2020, BANGUI, CENTRAL ARFRICAN REPUBLIC

11. Various shots, students of the National police school
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Larissa Germaine Aya Bataillon, Student at the National Gendarmerie School:
"When I heard the recruitment announcement, I told it to my older sister. She encouraged me to submit my application. Some people supported me, and others did not. But my father advised me to go. In the end, the others who did not help me did so because they realized that it is my wish, "
13. Various shots, students training at the national police school.

STORYLINE:

Women are an essential pillar in the reconstruction of the Central African Republic (CAR), a country torn apart by recurrent armed conflicts. As such, not only male but also female, are encouraged to join the new Internal Security Forces (ISF).

The government has established a five-year plan to recruit 5,000 police and gendarmes by 2023. In 2017, it launched a first recruitment campaign of 500 police and gendarmes. 23 per cent of the recruits were women.

Maxime Senga, the director of the national police school in the Central African Republic noted, "last year, for example, of the 250 recruits, we had 60 women. But this year we have doubled the number of women at the national police school, we have at least 25.8 per cent. Of the 500, there are 132.”

The government of the Central African Republic launched a new recruitment of 1,000 police officers and gendarmes at the beginning of 2019. It is based on the same principles of merit and the promotion of the participation of women as in 2017. A sensitization campaign has been made to encourage women to take part in this recruitment.

Rebecca Nnanga of the police component of MINUSCA explained, "we need parity, that is to say, gender representation, and given the good manner of a woman, we say that we must encourage the promotion of women. Therefore, we had to sensitize women from the start so that they participate in this recruitment.”

The Central African government, with the support of MINUSCA, encourages women to join the security forces on a massive scale.

Captain Nicolette Wolobili, a commander of the training squadron at the Gendarmerie School emphasized, "the government has seen that the importance of women in FSI.”

The recruits began their professional training on December 23 in the police and gendarmerie schools, with the support of MINUSCA police. The training is the same for women and men.

Roïmale Belvia de Bonheur, a student at the national gendarmerie school said, "what motivated me to participate in this competition is to promote women within the national gendarmerie and to show other girls that there is no job that women cannot do. So, compared to the 50/50 parity, women must do the same thing like men.”

For young recruits, male or female, entering the police or the Central African Gendarmerie is an accomplishment.

Larissa Germaine Aya Bataillon, a student at the national police school explained, "when I heard the recruitment announcement, I told it to my older sister. She encouraged me to submit my application. Some people supported me, and others did not. But my father advised me to go. In the end, the others who did not help me did so because they realized that it is my wish.”

With technical and financial support from MINUSCA, recruits will receive six months of training before starting to practice their profession.
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