A dedicated recruitment campaign will be launched in 2014 as an important step in building a gender responsive security sector in Pakistan. It is a challenge to get women applicants for police in most areas of the country due to social norms and undue household expectations from women. Despite the mindset of the people that also reflects in the policing practices, it has been realized that presence of women in police is crucial for the safety and security needs of girls and women. Therefore, the Women Police Network under the umbrella of the National Police Bureau and the Gender responsive Policing Project has planned a country wide awareness campaign targeting women in the urban and rural areas encouraging them to serve in the police.
The main objective of the campaign is to sensitize the masses on violence against women emphasizing the need of a gender balance in police to prevent gender based crimes and combat violence against women. Having less than 1% women in the police service, security needs of half of the population remain unmet. In spite of legal provisions for women protection there are huge implementation gaps, primarily because of extreme underreporting of crimes against women. Police is not inclined to develop procedures for the enforcement of women protection laws since very few women seek police assistance. Absence of women at police stations is considered the main cause for discouraging women to report crimes against them to the police.
Women in police are the only solution to reduce crimes against women as their presence will encourage women in the community to approach police for help. This awareness campaign for recruitment of women in police will be jointly managed by the WPN members and the project using all available mediums of communication including TV channels, radio, news paper, theater etc. to reach the communities far and wide.
The campaign will mainly focus on: