Kosovo Police in partnership with the Association of Women in Kosovo Police hosted a several-day conference (07-10 March 2020) in Kosovo, where it hosted the board of directors of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP). It was the first time having a meeting of this level in Balkans since the 105 years of existence of this prestigious police association which is spread all over the world. This was a good opportunity for the promotion of Kosovo Police in general and promotion of the women in Kosovo Police at the international arena.
Kosovo Police together with the Association of Women in Kosovo Police on its daily agenda has foreseen works in several panels, where the panelists have been personalities of various fields, Mr. Agim Veliu Minister of Interior and Public Administration, Mr. Rashit Qalaj General Director of KP, Former RKS President Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga, US Ambassador Mr. Nick Giacobbe, RKS lawmakers, Representatives from the Office for Gender Equality at Prime Minister’s office, Ms. Natalia Apostolova Head of EU, Ms. Kimberly Rifle Program Manager at ICITAP, Mr. Hilmi Jashari Ombudsman, representatives of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, heads of the association of KP and IAWP as well as various representatives of local and international institutions.
In this conference among others, experts of various fields discussed important topics such as security and the role of women in police, challenges and recruitment of women in security institutions and barriers in their advancement, the understanding of gender policing as an opportunity for the development of gender accountability in the police, police approach focused at the victims during procedures as well as the management of cases such as domestic violence, trafficking in human beings, violence and abuse related to technology and violent radicalism as well as other relevant topics.
The Kosovo Police and the Association of Women in Kosovo Police once more displayed the commitment and dedication, towards strengthening the police institution especially strengthening the role of women in police. Kosovo Police and the Association of Women in Kosovo Police thanks its international partners such as OSCE and ICITAP for the continuous assistance and support.