Women in Policing: Uganda Police to give women more roles in office up to at least 30%
The Uganda Police Force is determined to see more women recruited to take up top positions in particular police offices.
Under the just concluded review of the old police standing orders that had been set in 1984, it was agreed that female officers have in recent times been so undermined and underrated.
As a result, this is an area many anti-discrimination related associations have always embarked on to portray a sign of a gender gap and imbalance in the Uganda police.
So in a bid to try and create some bit of gender balance as well as promote equality, Police has stressed that it is looking at employing more women in the force to make at least 30% as required by the law from the current 18%.
According to the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, this is aimed at empowering women because they also have a great role to play in society.
Ochola who made the remarks while addressing a high-level stakeholder engagement that attracted heads of Police training schools and others in the police leadership said that this will also help improve working relationships between male and female officers.
Besides, the restrictions for the police officers recruitment exercise were reduced to favour both man and women according to the Police Political Commissar Asan Kasingye.
Kasingye explained that this was done because previously recruiters have been coming back with lists filled with male names and only a few females.
However, Kasigye adds that now it is mandatory for every officer in charge of recruitment to recruit both women equally without portraying favouritism.
Since the appointment of Okoth Ochola to the IGP, the police has embarked on empowering women and creating gender equality in police offices.
Last month, the police confirmed that its plans were in full gear to see a change in the structure of uniforms and shoes for all their female officers.
According to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Asan Kasingye, they decided to redesign these uniforms mainly the trousers which look extremely fit on their bodies.
Also, Kasingye implied that the female shoes were also too heavy and are going to be changed for new and lighter ones.
“We want to change the trouser because they (female offices) don’t look good in male attire. This one will be phased out for a new female trouser uniform. The shoes they put on are heavy and will be phased out for lighter ones,” Kasingye said last month about the plan to redesignTweet