Online course promotes gender inclusion in policing

6 March 2020
INTERPOL course highlights benefits of equal gender representation

SINGAPORE – To promote the inclusion of gender perspectives in policing activities, INTERPOL has released an online e-learning course on gender mainstreaming in law enforcement.

INTERPOL encourages gender diversity in law enforcement, both across its 194 member countries and at its own duty stations around the world. This focus on gender underpins the Organization’s seven Global Policing Goals, which address a range of issues related to crime and security and are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The online course – available to law enforcement officers worldwide as well as INTERPOL staff members – provides a comprehensive review of the concepts, international frameworks and instruments relevant for working with a gender perspective, and how gender-responsive policing services can lead to more effective law enforcement outcomes.

The content of the course will raise awareness among both male and female officers on the importance of equal representation within law enforcement by demonstrating how an inclusive law enforcement workforce fosters greater innovation and leads to increased operational effectiveness.  

It is one of several initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of a gender-responsive law enforcement approach developed under the scope of INTERPOL’s Project Sunbird.

Project Sunbird is a three-year (2017-2020) INTERPOL initiative funded by the Government of Canada to boost the skills of police across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region in combating transnational crimes including terrorism. One of the project’s pillars has been the delivery of leadership training for female law enforcement officers in the ASEAN countries.

The e-learning course is available to registered users via the INTERPOL Global Learning Centre (IGLC) platform.