UNODC partner with the Egyptian Ministry of Interior to improve law enforcement capacity to combat violence against women

Cairo, 25 May 2017 - A training session to build the capacity of law enforcement officers to combat violence against women and girls was organized by UNODC in Cairo, Egypt, on 21-25 May 2017.

The event brought together 20 law enforcement officers from the Ministry of Interior and trained them on handling cases of violence against women.

A representative of the Ministry of Interior inaugurated the workshop and highlighted the Ministry's efforts in combatting this crime by providing the Violence against Women Units (VAW) in all governorates with trained police officers, giving the priority to women's police officers.  He also praised the good partnership with UNODC that led to the development of a handbook for officers and the implementation of this training.

A representative of UNODC opened the workshop stressing the importance of the police role as it is on the frontline of the justice system. Police officers deal with victims, perpetrators and witnesses, and various forms of evidence. Effective response by the police can help the victims or survivors avoid the negative effects and consequences of violence.

The training was led by UNODC, including a consultant and ex-Chief Inspector with 30 years of expertise. The training was based on the Ministry's Handbook on " Effective police response to violence against women", developed in partnership with UNODC within the framework of the project " Improving the Criminal Justice Response to Violence against Women in Egypt ", operational since 2014.

This training is the start of a series of five training events that will be followed by the selection of a certain number of participants to be trained as trainers so as to ensure sustainability of the training within the Ministry on handling cases of violence against women.

This training was funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

For more information, please contact Ms. Mirna Bouhabib, mirna.bouhabib [AT] unodc.org.