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by Ismail Akwei, at 06:14 am, March 02, 2018, Women

Ugandan policewomen take to the streets to mark women’s month in style

Ugandan policewomen in the streets of Kampala -- Photo: Uganda Association of Women Police

Hundreds of Ugandan policewomen took over security on the streets of the capital Kampala to make a statement about women’s empowerment as the world celebrates women’s month.

They came out on March 1 dressed in their brown, black and white uniforms representing the different branches of the Uganda Police Force as they “womanned” the streets at the admiration of the public.

Commuters and passersby took photographs with the women while others took to social media using the hashtag #WomaningTheStreets to commended them for keeping the streets safe.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police Asan Kasingye also applauded them for their efforts in bridging the gender divide in the police and working ably as their fellow men.

According to the Uganda Association of Women Police, their objectives were: to provide a platform for uniting, strengthening and building the capacity of women officers in policing, to empower women to appreciate their career line so that they do not feel powerless and unappreciated and to free Female Police officers from any form of discrimination, unvalued contributions, ill-treatment so as to promote respect and dignity.

“Yesterday we took over the junctions in KLA. We received overwhelming support from the public so today we are giving back by offering self-defence classes to the public,” says the organisation.

The policewomen are gearing towards March 8 which is marked worldwide as the International Women’s Day to commemorate the movement for women’s rights.

However, there were mixed reactions from the public towards the gesture of the Ugandan policewomen.

Below are some comments on Twitter:

See the women in action below:

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