Pioneering Female Cop From Niger Wins The 2021 UN Population Award

Pioneering Female Cop From Niger Wins The 2021 UN Population Award

New York, July 15 July (TNA) Commissaire Hassane Haousseize Zouera from Niger’s police force was named as the winner of the 2021 United Nations Population Award individual laureate award was announced on Thursday.

The annual Award, which honours an individual for their outstanding contributions to population, development and reproductive health, has recognized Commissaire Zouera as a leader in addressing gender-based violence and for her contributions in making Niger a safer place for women and girls.

Commissaire Zouera was appointed as Head of the Division for the Protection of Minors and Women in January 2020 and coordinates the work of 107 brigades across the country responding to gender-based violence.

Hassane Haousseize Zouera
Born in 1983, she is the youngest-ever winner of the Award and the youngest woman to reach the rank of Commissaire, or superintendent, in Niger’s police force. Under her leadership, the force has made the protection of migrants, women, children and young people, one of its highest priorities.

She has been instrumental in designing and implementing national policies in the area of gender-based violence, creating an electronic database to monitor violence and facilitate case referrals nationwide, and significantly building the capacity of the national police force to combat gender-based violence and support survivors.

She has been lauded as a role model and mentor for other women wishing to climb the ranks of public service.

The Committee for the United Nations Population Award, which made the selections, is chaired by Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, and is composed of representatives of nine other UN Member States. UNFPA serves as its secretariat.

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