Norwegian police officers on duty in Liberia. 
Photo: Ragnhild H. Simenstad, MFA.Norwegian police officers on duty in Liberia. Photo: Ragnhild H. Simenstad, MFA

Norway's female police officers

8/20/2012 // The UN goal is 20 percent female UN Police officers by 2014. Norway already contributes with more.

Norway surpasses the goal of the UN with 31 percent female officers serving in UN peace operations.

- Congratulations, says Ann-Marie Orler, director of the Police Division in the United Nations.

Today only 10 percent of UN Police officers are female. To reach the goal of doubling female officers, the UN’s member states are asked to ensure that at least a fifth of nominated police officers are women. The UN’s Police Division will give preference to qualified female officers in support of the goal of 20 percent female UN Police officers by 2012.

This accords fully with the Security Counsil resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. It underlines the issue of the severe impact of armed conflict on women and girls.

Read more about the resolution here.

To ensure the protection of the specific need of women and girls, it is essential that women are represented appropriately among UN Police Peacekeepers. UN Police officers are involved in mentoring and assisting hos governments in restoring public safety, protecting civilians and reforming police services.


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