Egypt: Train the trainers to bring perpetrators of violence against women to justice

 

Cairo 6 - 10 May 2018

Over the last years, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Ministry of Interior of Egypt have come together to implement a training program for police officers to become trainers in dealing with crimes of violence and crimes of violence against women.

 So far, five training workshops for police officers have been implemented, out of these, a group consisting of 10 female and 5 male police officers who have actively participated in the previous workshops were selected to attend five days "Training of trainers' workshop to learn how to "best convey their knowledge and expertise to other officers across the country.

The content of the training is based on the curriculum developed by the Ministry of Interior, within the framework of this partnership to assist and guide police officers in the prevention of and response to violence against women.

Two British experts, who are former police officers themselves, delivered the training: they gave participants exercises to develop their presentation, lesson planning and lesson delivery methods. Besides, an Egyptian Counsellor delivered lectures on the essential skills that trainers need to be able to disseminate necessary information regarding the violence against women.

The participants in the workshop discussed different measures to respond to the claims of violence against women and deal with the vulnerable victims, witnesses and the suspects. Also, they developed tailored strategies in addressing such crimes.

After the training, participants expressed that the series of workshops has greatly provided them with a wider perspective on violence suffered by women around the world. They were also enthusiastic towards transmitting their knowledge, skills and expertise gained to more officers and thus help improve the criminal justice response to violence against women across the country.

The training activity is possible thanks to the contribution of the British Embassy in Cairo.