As we are still in the mood of celebrating and promoting the development of women, locally and internationally, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. Ambrose Michael Sovula, on behalf of the Sierra Leone Police on Wednesday 16th March 2022, at Police Headquarters, George Street, Freetown, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN Women.

In her brief but punchy statement, the head of UN Women in Sierra Leone, Madam Setcheme Mongbo said that she was so happy to actively participate in the signing of that MoU as it establishes collaboration between the SLP UN Women in the Barrier Assessment Research Project for the SLP.

The objective of the Barrier Assessment Research Project is to determine the gaps and challenges of the institution towards interested and meaningful participation of women in Peace Support Operations from the SLP and to propose a clear path on how to make progress in the deployment of women to multinational UN Peace Support Operations.

The SLP will collaborate with UN Women in the implementation of three elements of the measuring opportunities for women in Peace Support Operations which will include establishing a fact finding form involving statistical data and institutional policies about the SLP, elite interviews and representative survey involving about 380 personnel within the force.

Eventual report shall be reviewed by both parties who will provide written input to support the development of recommendations and good practice initiatives.

“A worthy venture I have been identified to be part of, which will create a clear pathway for women in Peace Support Operations in this country” she stated.

Madam Mongbo, on behalf of the UN Women expressed her appreciation to the IGP for his leadership consideration of women at strategic positions in Sierra Leone Police (SLP).

She was particularly concerned about capacity building and development orientation for women in the SLP.

She concluded by appealing to the IG and his management team to always create a fair, equal and gender balance opportunities for both men and women in the institution.

In his response, our Inspector General of Police, Dr. Ambrose Michael Sovula started by appreciating and applauding women with the following words “this is women’s season and the 21st century speaks volume about women, with this, the SLP will fully partner with UN Women”

The IG went further to assure the delegation that the SLP will do the needful for the UN Women to achieve their goal.

In demonstrating his passion and concern for women in the institution, the IGP was very quick to inform the Head of UN Women and team that he has a Deputy Inspector General who is a woman and a good number of women are holding strategic positions in the SLP.

Dr. Sovula concluded by saying “we are happy to partner with UN Women”

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