1981 is when women in Senegal could officially join Police and Security Forces. Currently, women represent 9% of the total police force. While we have seen progress since 1981, after 29 years, there are still requests and demands for greater representation of women within security forces in Senegal.
The Association of Female Pioneers of the National Police was created on June 15, 2018 with one main objective to advocate for better representation of women in the defense and security forces primarily concerning decision making authority. Thus, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on October 31, 2020, PartnersGlobal and Partners West Africa – Senegal (PWA-S) are highlighting notable women leaders and pioneers in the Senegalese National Police force and honoring their achievements in this sector.
To kickoff our series, we are proud to present to some and introduce to others, Exceptional Class Commissioner of Police A/R Codou Camara of Senegal, recipient of the 2013 International Police Peacekeeper Award, and President of the Association of Female Pioneers of the National Police.