Norwegian Founded Police Station Open in Liberia

9/26/2008 // The new police station has a women and children protection unit to address specific issues relating to the welfare of women and children, especially rape and other forms of gender-based violence.  The United Nations in Liberia has been actively supporting national activities in this area.

UNDP Country Director in Liberia, Dominic Sam, has stressed the importance of empowering the Liberian National Police (LNP) through a holistic and strategic approach to ensure that the LNP has the resources and capacity to implement its duties. Mr. Sam was speaking during the hand-over of the newly-constructed Tubmanburg Police Station, funded by the Government of Norway and supported by UNDP and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Women and Children Protection

The Acting Commissioner of UN Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said Norway’s contribution has proved instrumental in encouraging the expansion of the Women and Children Protection training programs in 21 locations throughout Liberia. He pointed out that it has also helped in strengthening the LNP’s capacity to deal with vulnerable groups, especially by building confidence and trust between victims, police and communities. “Let us continue to work in partnership as we implement other vital programmes that can consolidate the peace already attained,” the Acting UN Police Commissioner noted. 

Raise Awareness

The visiting Norwegian State Secretary, Mr. Haakon Gulbrandsen, who also attended the handover ceremony, said the protection of women and children is particularly meaningful to the Government of Norway in its peace building efforts. He expressed the hope that the Women and Children Protection units could help raise awareness and build the right attitudes in dealing with vulnerable groups. Mr. Gulbrandsen charged the people of Tubmanburg to make good use of the new facilities. “This Women and Children Protection unit is yours; it is by making active use of the unit that you can demand your right that authorities are recruiting and paying professional personnel including granting sufficient money for fuel,” he stated.



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