Podgorica, Montenegro, June 20-21, 2016 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) organized a workshop which brought together twenty five female officers from South Eastern Europe working in the area of law enforcement. Participants discussed about progress made to increase the number of female officers in joint Port Units as well as pointed out the constraints women face in law enforcement.
Representative of the countries from South Eastern Europe agreed that gender discrimination in the law enforcement area, in particular in commanding positions, should be addressed immediately. Participants made specific reference to challenges related to:negative attitude towards women; lack of awareness among women about their rights; lack of cooperation between men and women, women`s long working hours and shifting duties, lack of prioritizing gender issues.
A proposal came out from participants which outlines the need to prepare a set of guidelines to mainstream gender in the area of Container Control.
The workshop was organized in the framework of the implementation of the Container Control Programme in South Eastern Europe. This intervention is part of the UN Social Inclusion Programme funded by the Government of Switzerland.