(featured image: (L-R) Tracy Hardy, Roman Waschuk, Elissa Purvis, Tom Monastyrski and Rouslan Kats at the launch of the UAWLE.)

The Ukraine Police Training Assistance Project (PTAP) is happy to announce the launch of the first Ukrainian Association of Women in Law Enforcement (UAWLE). Members of the Association represent National Police of Ukraine, Department of Patrol Police and State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. The extremely important mission of the Association is to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and men within law enforcement in Ukraine.

Attending the ceremony were: Roman Waschuk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine; George Kent, Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy in Ukraine; Tetiana Kovalchuk, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine; Katerina Pavlichenko, Deputy Chief of Patrol Police Department, Head of UAWLE; Margaret Shorter, President of the International Association of Women Police (by video); and Tracy Hardy, Assistant Commissioner (retired), Police Adviser to PTAP.

Because of the huge efforts and dedication of the participants of the working group during the year, the establishment of the Association became possible. PTAP also provided financial and organizational support to implement this great initiative. Continuing its support to the UAWLE, PTAP firmly believes that it will become part of the international network that promotes the implementation of gender-sensitive policies and practices in law enforcement structures.

Members of the UAWLE with representatives of the Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine and Canadian Armed Forces.