The Zambia police force is set to receive nearly $1 million to boost women’s participation in global peace operations, a UN Women-hosted trust fund announced recently.
“My Command appreciates the recognition of female officers as a catalyst of systematic change within the Zambia Police Service,” said the Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba. “We take our role in driving policy reforms very seriously, ensuring gender mainstreaming and accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment within our institution.”
The new project aims to help overcome existing gender barriers to women’s participation in UN peace operations, supported by a $932,072 grant from the Elsie Initiatives for Uniformed Women in Peace Operation and in line with Security Council efforts, including its landmark resolution 1325 (2000). The Zambia project envisions creating a roster of more than 100 women elected to deploy as peacekeepers.
Canada established it in 2019 to level the peacekeeping playing field and help to meet UN gender parity targets; the fund partners with national authorities and UN operations in the area.
The partners work with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which implements various projects in Zambia.