Bangladeshi women police, engaged in the United Nations’ peacekeeping missions, have been lauded for their role in maintaining peace in the war and strife-torn regions.
They got the appreciation at a two-day workshop in New York, where police heads from UN missions worldwide gathered to consider strategy issues.
Bangladeshi women police had been playing a wonderful role in United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, said Stefan Feller, Police Adviser in the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
Their sense of responsibility was ‘excellent’, he said.
He spoke about the importance of women police members, who are working as peacekeepers’ assistants in restoring the trust of women in war and strife-torn regions.
Women victims of rape do not easily speak to men, he added.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General Ameerah Haq shared her experience of visiting United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“When I landed at the Airport, a band of women police welcomed me with a guard of honour. Their smartness overwhelmed me,” she said.
Haq said, “The same evening, I went to take part in a dinner, those women police officials in beautiful sarees excellently served food.”
“Smartness is all about presenting oneself on the basis of time and place.”
All the odds Bangladeshi women faces after joining the United Nations Peace Keeping Missions came up for discussions at the workshop.
Number of Bangladeshi women police would be increased at the United Nations Mission for their devotion to duty, hoped Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations AKA Momen.
“The reputation of Bangladeshi officers has reached such a level that we can send as much women police as we want to the United Nations mission,” he said, speaking to bdnews24.com.
“But the adequate number of women police are not available due to social circumstances,” he added.
Bangladesh accounts for 1837 police members at the United Nations Police, of whom 191 are women.
A total of 8087 Bangladeshi works in the United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Source: Bd news24