Mr Imtiaz Gul, executive director CRSS, represented the center at the 17th International Women and Law Enforcement Conference (IWLEC), held in Cairns, Australia. Themes such as women role in peace and security in an international context, benefits of gender responsive policing, gender imbalance, social and political discrimination within the institution, response to offence against women, mainstreaming of women voices against excesses through effective women policing will come under discussion at the conference.
Mr Gul’s topic of presentation was Understanding Women, Peace /Freedom in Contemporary Pakistan where he discussed issues such as domestic violence and abuse faced by women in Pakistan. Mr Gul, while giving various examples and cases of prominent public figures, also argued how a controlled radical narrative in the country demonizes successful women. He further argued that despite social and institutional limitations, countless women have defied odds and rose to prominence and in the process also became part of the inspiration for pro-women legislation. Change to plight of women will come only gradually, he underscored, through collective efforts. Mr Gul concluded by arguing that only empowerment and liberties for women can unleash their true talent and energies in the society.
The IWLEC 2017 is a five day conference held in Cairns, Queensland, organized by the The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and the Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP), and supported by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), inviting almost 1000 leaders from across 60 countries advancing women in police services across the globe.