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Canada Celebrates Zambian Policewomen Peacekeepers on International Women’s Day

As International Women’s Day approaches on March 8th, 2024, the Canadian High Commission in Zambia joins the global celebration by recognizing the invaluable contributions of Zambian policewomen serving in United Nations peacekeeping operations.

Canada, through its bilateral relationship with Zambia under the Elsie Initiative, supports the meaningful participation of uniformed women from the Zambian Police Service (ZPS) in UN peace operations.

The Elsie Initiative aims to empower ZPS women with the necessary skills and training to excel in UN peacekeeping roles and address gender equality barriers within the institution.

Mr. Kyle Nunas, the High Commissioner of Canada to Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles, and Ambassador to Comoros, expressed Canada’s appreciation for the dedication of Zambian women police officers in promoting global peace and security.

He emphasized the importance of investing in women and girls as a fundamental step towards reducing poverty, inequality, and building a more peaceful world.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, “Invest in Women and Girls: Accelerate Progress,” resonates with Canada’s commitment to prioritizing gender equality and women’s empowerment in its international assistance efforts.

Canada believes that placing women and girls at the forefront of development initiatives is crucial for fostering inclusivity, prosperity, and sustainable peace globally.

Hazel Mafwenko Zulu, Senior Liaison Officer at the Office of the High Commission of Canada, conveyed warm wishes to all women on International Women’s Day. The celebration serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility to support and uplift women and girls, both locally and globally.

The recognition of Zambian policewomen peacekeepers underscores the significance of women’s participation in peacekeeping missions and highlights the collaborative efforts between Canada and Zambia towards advancing gender equality and promoting peace worldwide.

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