UNODC- WCO Container Control Programme Women's Network highlights West Africa as an example

On 25 August 2015, the UNODC- WCO Container Control Programme (CCP) met in Vienna, Austria, to launch its new Women's Network initiative. This meeting brought together CCP staff to discuss how to operationalize the Women's Network and comes within the scope of the UNODC effort towards gender equality and woman empowerment. This initiative is within the scope of the UN and the international community in setting international standards and making progress in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The CCP Women's Network aims to promote professionalism and core leadership of female national counterparts in order to increase women's participation in the Programme by addressing gender stereotypes that limit women and deprive programmes such as the CCP of valuable talent. Currently, women account for approximately 12% of CCP's Port Control Unit (PCU) officers. In some countries there are no women PCU officials, while in West Africa 22% of PCU members are women.

Container Control Programme Women's Network attending the meeting in Vienna

Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women is key for an effective implementation of post - 2015 Development Agenda and the specific goals and targets that are to be adopted. In fact, the United Nation finds itself at a crucial point in its campaign against women inequality with the twenty-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the fifteen-year anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Among the actions to be undertaken, the CCP Women's Network will:

  • Encourage the Programme's PCUs to include female law enforcement officers by introducing a number of measures including gender-sensitized recruitment criteria and flexible working hours;
  • Establish a support network to build the capacity of women PCU members including specific mentoring initiatives and the development of information/resource sharing initiatives;
  • Introduce a gender sensitization module to the standard CCP training package for men and women PCU members; and,
  • Define gender indicators to assess the impact of interventions.

The CCP was formed in 2004 jointly by UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to build capacity in Member States seeking to improve trade security and facilitation standards/controls at their borders. The CCP develops capacity to profile, target and examine containers being used for the transport of illicit goods.

For more information:

UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme