Botswana: Empowerment Vital for Women’s Contribution

Otse — It is important to continuously develop and empower women police officers to enable them to contribute more to development, says Botswana Police Service’s (BPS) Dr Helen Tumediso.

Speaking during a two-day women network national training conference yesterday, the BPS Forensic Science Services director said female officers continued to make a remarkable contribution towards global peace and security.

They also continued to hold strategic positions at both local and international assignments, she said.

“We are in an organisation committed to empowering women as demonstrated by the significant number of women police officers we continue to employ, develop and appoint to leadership positions when the opportunity arises,” said Dr Tumediso.

She said in the past two promotion exercises, women accounted for about 26 per cent of the promotions.

The conference, she explained, was aimed at empowering women with a view to optimising their potential towards the performance of their work, family commitments and social responsibilities.

“Specifically this conference was motivated by a decision of the SARPCCO Chiefs of Police subcommittee extraordinary meeting in 2016 which directed women network champions in member states to identify developmental areas and undertake women empowerment programmes to address the identified needy areas,” she said.

Dr Tumediso said a 2007 Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) meeting resolved to establish a mechanism for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the SADC Declaration on Gender and Development in tandem with the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.