The Fiji Police Force encourages women to apply for examinations and engage in more staff development training programmes, to gain advanced qualifications supporting their elevation into senior positions. This workshop provides them with an opportunity to raise their qualifications with a view to advancing their careers in the Force.
Her Excellency Melanie Hopkins, British High Commissioner to Fiji, gave her message to the workshop participants, “I praise the efforts made by individual women police officers and the network, who continue to overcome various challenges and advance their ability to take leadership. I recognize that they paved the way for younger generations to follow and also contributed to gender equality in the Police Force”
The workshop is one of the undertakings by the FPWN to promote and develop the knowledge and skills of women police officers by exchanging good practice to enhance women police officers in leadership positions and supportive mechanisms, such as peer mentoring. The workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn from international good practice of women in a range of areas to include policing, law enforcement, diplomacy, academia and business coordinated by UNDP and the British High Commission.
UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Resident Representative Mr Levan Bouadze said, “Encouraging women to take leadership roles is part of the global goals, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5. SDG Target 5.5 aims to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life. There are good practices and results within the Fiji Police Force and worldwide, and I would encourage all participants to share and apply these practices.”
At the end of the workshop, each participant will develop their own individual action plans to identify and address barriers and challenges to assuming key decision-making and leadership positions. Such plans will form the basis of FPWN’s recommendations to the Police Commissioner to enhance women’s leadership and gender equality in the Fiji Police Force.
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Vosita Kotoiwasawasa, Communication and Political Officer, British High Commission; email: Vosita.Kotoiwasawasa@fco.gov.uk; tel: (+679) 707 7690