Kurdistan's police trained to respond to gender-based violence
UNDP supports the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and its Directorate for Combatting Violence Against Women (DCVAW) in the Kurdistan Region, as they start providing services to victims of domestic and gender-based violence.
Technical advisory services and capacity building help the staff of the directorate and police officers in Kurdistan improve their capacity to respond. In particular, UNDP supports the establishment of a training centre within the Ministry of Interior.
Training of Trainers courses have been organized, and a pool of national trainers was established by the directorate. UNDP arranged six training sessions from 5 to 22 May, targeting 158 male and female participants, among which 82 are police officers (26 female and 56 male), 31 psychologists and social workers (15 female and 16 male), 25 statistics and data analysis staff (7 female and 18 male), as well as 20 staff from the communication section (6 female and 14 male).
It's the first time a directorate creates a training centre about gender-based violence, and provides such courses to all concerned staff working in other directorates in the Kurdistan region. The centre also serves as a platform for knowledge sharing and a forum to exchanges lessons learnt and discuss challenges.