|Asian Woman police are gathering in Hanoi for the 38th Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Programme.— Photo Australian Embassy
HA NOI (VNS) — Woman police officers from South, South-east and North Asia are meeting in Ha Noi this week for the 38th Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Programme (ARLEMP).
ARLEMP is a long-term partnership between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, the General Department of Police (GDP), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and RMIT International University in Viet Nam.
Since 2005, it has become a flag-ship programme for emerging police managers and leaders in the region.
More than 700 police have graduated from the course since its inception and are working together to combat transnational crimes.
"Women police continue to be under represented in leadership roles in the region, despite being acknowledged as playing a critical role in the development of modern policing" said Australian Ambassador, Hugh Borrowman.
"ARLEMP with the theme Women in Police Leadership provides a platform for female law enforcers to share their experiences in addressing transnational crime and to promote a more collaborative response in the Asia region, he added.
Bui Tuyet Minh, Director of Police in southern Kien Giang Province, said gender equality was not only a national issue, but also of regional and world concern.
Viet Nam's treaties and commitments on gender equality and the country's socio-economic development linked to the same goals are helpful if the country is to reach its targets for gender equality by 2020, said Minh.
Minh said female police accounted for 15 per cent of Viet Nam's total police force. Of these, 55 per cent are university graduates and 3 per cent post graduates.
"This shows that the position of Vietnamese women in society and families have remarkably improved," said Minh.
The programme, being held in Ha Noi from May 25 to June 4, is being attended by 22 police officers. It is aligned with key United Nations frameworks, including the UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Beijing Platform for Action on Women in Power and Decision Making.
The Australian Government is providing funding for the course through its development programme and the Australia-Asia Programme to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP).
Gender equality and empowerment of women and children – key priorities for the Australian Government – are promoted throughout ARLEMP.
Two female Australian Federal Police (AFP) leaders: Chair of the AFP's Women's Network, Commander Andrea Quinn, and AFP Chief of Staff, Assistant Commissioner Justine Saunders, are visiting Viet Nam to inspire emerging female leaders in law enforcement across Asia.
"We regularly collaborate with partner agencies in Asia on operations and the gathering of intelligence. We hope that through programmes such as ARLEMP, we can continue to build positive relationships with our international counterparts to address transnational crime," Saunders said.
"It is a fantastic opportunity to share skills and knowledge, and to build a dialogue with each other. By doing this, we can strengthen the network of women leaders in Asia." ARLEMP has participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. — VNS