Lucia was speaking during a three-day training organized by the Gender Unit of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), with the support of UN Women in Malakal.
The workshop brought together some 28 officers, including 17 women in uniform, from different government departments.
“It is important that women are part of the main reforms of the security sector. The involvement of women is essential, especially when it comes to preventing and responding to incidents of sexual and gender-based violence as well as regressive cultural practices such as forced or early marriage, ”said Batricia Paul, manager. gender issues at UNMISS.
Participants from the South Sudan Defense Forces, local police and prison officers, as well as members of the state fire and wildlife services were sensitized on UNMISS’s mandate, Revitalized peace agreement and issues that hamper progress in security and the advancement of women’s rights.
For participating police officer Riang Ajop Thiop, improving security and building trust between communities in Upper Nile State is essential.
“As police officers, we have a responsibility to protect the rights of all citizens and their property without any bias. The law treats everyone equally and we must establish good relations between the members of the community and ourselves, as law enforcement personnel, if we are to ensure a peaceful environment for all citizens, ”he said.
These trainings are part of the continuing efforts of the United Nations family to ensure the equal participation of women in decision-making, peacebuilding and building a prosperous future for South Sudan, as stipulated in Revitalized Peace Agreement.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).