UNOPS partners with Association of Women in Law Enforcement to promote gender equality and women leadership in Ukrainian security sector

Kyiv, 8 April 2021

UNOPS and the Ukrainian Association of Women in Law Enforcement signed a Memorandum of Understanding  and agreed to enhance cooperation aimed at promoting gender equality, women empowerment and leadership in Ukrainian law-enforcement ranks. This includes, but is not limited to, promoting enabling environment for the professional development of women within law-enforcement agencies, ensuring gender sensitive infrastructure and prevention of discrimination.

"This Memorandum aims to establish cooperation and partnership. Over the last three years, the UAWLE has gone through a period of inception, and it is now logical for us to progress to the stage of active development. We intend to broaden the scope of our activities and move from providing support to acting as the benchmark for achieving national and global gender equality goals," said Kateryna Pavlichenko, Chairwoman of the UAWLE Board.

“At UNOPS, we put gender equality at the centre of all our work and look forward to strengthening our partnership with the Association of Women in Law Enforcement to promote gender equality and women leadership in Ukrainian law-enforcement sector” - noted Irina Sahakyan-Vetter, UNOPS Ukraine Country Director. 

UNOPS builds foundations for countries to achieve peace and sustainable development, thereby helping people to build better lives. UNOPS is a self-financing organisation that combines the best of the UN and the private sector, focusing on infrastructure, procurement and project management services. Our partners call on us to supplement their own capacities, improve speed, reduce risks, boost cost-effectiveness and increase quality.

The UAWLE brings together women and men representing various law enforcement agencies. The association's key goal is to usher in gender equality and ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men in law enforcement. The UAWLE's activities are aimed at shaping the image of women in law enforcement as leaders, professionals, experts in their respective fields. Greater visibility and engagement for women at all levels of law enforcement increase the trust levels of citizens, communities, and society in general. It is this principle that is at heart of the UAWLE's activities and development.