INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says female police officers have continued to exhibit quality leadership in positions that had been entrusted with.
And Non-Government Gender Organisation’s Coordinating Council (NGOCC) programmes manager Chilufya Siwale has urged women in the Zambia Police Service to continue working hard and rise to leadership positions despite the profession being male dominated.
Speaking in Kitwe during a gender mainstreaming training programme for the police on the Copperbelt on Monday, Zambia Police Service national head for gender Lloyd Mushauko who spoke on behalf of Kanganja said 61 per cent of women were being recruited in police training schools.
And Siwale said NGOCC had partnered with the Zambia Police Service to build the capacity of women in the police service and other public and private companies.
She said women had the potential to excel to leadership positions hence the need to encourage and give them the necessary training.
Siwale said the government had done well in coming up with laws and policies that promoted gender equality and urged the government to ensure that the laws were implemented.
“In 2011, we had 50 per cent police commissioners who were women and 50 per cent were men in all the provinces but now we only have two provinces that have female commissioners. So our hope is that we can go back to 2011 and do even more not just at police commissioner status but also in other positions,” said Siwale.
The Gender Training for the Police Service on the Copperbelt was supported by the Swedish Embassy.