Police keen on gender balancing

DEPUTY Inspector-general of police Eugene Sibote has said the police command is keen on eliminating all forms of gender inequalities when executing duties.
Mr Sibote said it is only through gender balance that communities will enjoy maximum and expected service delivery.
He said this in Lusaka on Friday during the Zambia Police men’s network ‘HeforShe’ campaign indaba.
The ‘HeforShe’ campaign is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Gender and Child Development and supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The aim of the provincial indaba was to highlight challenges share experiences and dialogue on how to eliminate gender partialities.
“The Zambia Police Service, through the gender desk, has been conducting various gender mainstreaming programmes such as I Care About Her, and the Good Husband campaign,” Mr Sibote said.
He said so far 600 male police officers countrywide have been trained as champions in fighting gender inequalities.
Mr Sibote said the ‘HeforShe’ campaign has potential to stimulate optimum performance by police officers through affirmative work relations.
And Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Panji Kaunda said the ministry is ready to support gender equality among police officers.
Minister of Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo has challenged the police service to be more vigilant and professional in executing duties.
“Stop sending people away when there is a marital dispute if there is need to put someone in jail, just do it and stop telling couples to sort matters out because women are disadvantaged in most cases,” Prof Luo said.
She said women are as important as men in the eyes of God and they should be treated as such.

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