Gender Mainstreaming in the Police Organizations: Bangladesh Perspective

Humaira Parvin

Abstract


Due to the nature of the job, the traditional policing has always been considered as an “act of masculinity.” However, the modern day policing includes many attributes such as community policing, technological knowledge, attending of both victims, and offenders with empathy and at the same time the traditional crime fighting skills. This changing role of policing has resulted in the increased participation of the female police worldwide. Bangladesh is also not devoid of this reality. However, in spite of having different steps to promote female participation in the police organizations, the integration is becoming harder. The current study has tried to explore the state of gender balancing from the perspective of a developing country like Bangladesh by analyzing the current situation and identifying the barriers to integration for the females. Analyzing collected data from different sources, it has been found that the women are not treated equally as the men in the police organizations in terms of different service benefits such as the distribution of duties, training, promotion, rewards, and so on. Different factors such as social and religious culture, family orientation, and male-dominated organizational structure act as the negative factors for bringing the women to mainstream police duties. Moreover, the absence of government’s distinct policy in those areas is also playing an adverse role. Since gender mainstreaming focuses on policy change for women equality, addressing the identified factors can contribute to formulate appropriate policy, which can lead to the doorways of gender equality in Bangladesh Police.

Aus. J. Law. Ethi & Gov. Vol 3(1), April 2017, P 32-40


Keywords


Gender Mainstreaming; Gender Equality; Police Organization; Women Police; Female Participation; Gender Discrimination; Socioreligious Culture

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