UN Agency to establish 'Gender Unit' at Rajasthan Police Academy

UN Agency to establish 'Gender Unit' at Rajasthan Police Academy

It will strengthen response to Gender-Based violence

Rajasthan Police Academy Gender Unit

According to reliable sources, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) plans to establish a dedicated 'Gender Unit' at the Rajasthan Police Academy. The primary objective of this unit will be to enhance the police's capacity to effectively respond to cases of gender-based violence. On Monday, June 12, 2023, Andrea Wojnar, the UNFPA India Representative,inaugurated a specialized 'Gender Unit' at the Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA). 

The RPA serves as a training institution for police officers and various other cadres in the state. The establishment of this unit aims to strengthen the response of the police force to incidents of gender-based violence. The Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA) is an esteemed institution in the state of Rajasthan, India, responsible for the training and development of police officers and other personnel. 

In order to enhance their understanding of gender-related issues and legislation, including the Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013, trainers at the Rajasthan Police Academy will undergo specialized training. This initiative aims to equip the trainers with comprehensive knowledge and skills in addressing gender concerns and promoting a safe and inclusive work environment within the police force. By ensuring that trainers are well-versed in relevant laws and best practices, the academy seeks to enhance their ability to educate and guide future police officers on gender-related matters.

The academy plays a crucial role in imparting knowledge, skills, and professional ethics to individuals aspiring to serve in the law enforcement sector. The academy also focuses on promoting ethical conduct, human rights awareness, and community-oriented policing approaches. By fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional growth, RPA contributes to the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Rajasthan Police force.

“The partnership between UNFPA and RPA is to establish gender unit at the RPA, build capacities of police officers and other cadre especially those associated with special investigation Unit to address Crime against women, Mahila Desk, Mahila Thana and Mahila Suraksha Sakhi on gender responsive police services for girls and women.” - The source said. 

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a United Nations agency dedicated to advancing sexual and reproductive health, promoting gender equality, and empowering women and young people. UNFPA works in more than 150 countries, providing support and assistance in areas such as family planning, maternal health, preventing gender-based violence, promoting youth empowerment, and advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals and communities. The organization collaborates with governments, civil society organizations, and other UN agencies to implement programs and initiatives aimed at achieving sustainable development and ensuring that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled. 

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