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Palestine: EU Police Mission concludes gender training sessions

 Palestine: EU Police Mission concludes gender training sessions

Deputy Head of EUPOL COPPS Katja Dominik said that the Mission is committed to promote gender equality and human rights in all its activities with all Palestinian counterparts.

“For this purpose, EUPOL COPPS has been cooperating with and supporting the Gender Units of various justice and security sector institutions,” said Dr. Dominik at a ceremony held on Thursday June 24, 2021 to conclude three sessions of gender training that took place during June 2021. About 40 people participated in the sessions.

The  trainings were composed of the following modules: developing policy papers responsive to gender; building gender indicators and conducting, monitoring and evaluating activities from gender perspective.

The aim of the trainings is to increase the knowledge of the trainees and to improve their skills and techniques to make them capable of developing gender responsive policy papers in their respective areas of responsibility. Furthermore, the training is envisaged to enable the trainees to design gender indicators to measure progress, and to monitor the implementation process of their activities.

The ceremony was attended by the  assistant of the General Secretary of Council of Ministers Mohammad Al-Hilo and the Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Amal Hamad alongside with the deputy ministers of interior and justice.

Palestinians carry on aligning legislations with international treaties and conventions

EUPOL COPPS Mission recently  organized a workshop for the Harmonisation Committee, a government body in charge of  aligning Palestine’s national legislation with international conventions and treaties.

During the workshop, Nasser Rayyes, a prominent Palestinian expert in the field, provided a presentation on the roadmap and work plan for the Harmonization Committee.  The roadmap is vital for the review of legislation for the purpose of harmonization and implementation of international obligations, as it will focus on clear mechanisms for identifying priorities for legislation that need to be harmonized with international treaties.

The expert was contracted by the Mission to develop a proposal for the alignment of domestic legislation with international treaty obligations acceded to by Palestine.

During the workshop, the members of the Harmonisation Committee also discussed the development of a specialized website for the Harmonisation Committee in order to raise awareness among the public on the importance of harmonising domestic legislation with international treaties.

What is the mission of the EUPOL COPPS?

EUPOL COPPS, established on 1 January 2006, is the European Union Police and Rule of Law Mission for the Palestinian Territory. Initially the Mission was established as a Police Mission comprising a Police Advisory Section. In 2008 a Rule of Law Section was added.

EUPOL COPPS (the EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support), mainly through these two sections, assists the Palestinian Authority in building its institutions, for a future Palestinian state, focused on security and justice sector reforms. This is effected under Palestinian ownership and in accordance with the best European and international standards. Ultimately the Mission’s objective is to improve the safety and security of the Palestinian people.

The Mission forms part of the wider EU effort to support Palestinian state building, in the context of working towards a comprehensive peace, based on a two-State solution.

EUPOL COPPS is fully dedicated to the inclusion of human rights as well as a gender perspective and gender-mainstreaming standards in all of its activities, both within the Mission and while working with our Palestinian counterparts.

Main Tasks

• To support the Palestinian Civil Police reform and development;

• To strengthen and support the Criminal Justice System;

• To improve Prosecution-Police cooperation;

• To coordinate and facilitate external donor assistance to the Palestinian Civil Police.

For more information visit the website: https://eupolcopps.eu/en

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