Rwanda is sending a 160-strong all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) for deployment in South Sudan under the UN Peacekeeping mission.
Before they were flagged off, the officers received a briefing by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DGIP) in charge of Operations Dan Munyuza.
Rwanda has more than 1200 Police officers serving as peacekeepers in all missions.
The contingent that is led by ACP Teddy Ruyenzi is the first of its kind and was pledged by President Paul Kagame during the 2015 UN Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping Operations.
ACP Ruyenzi said that during this mission, the police officers will follow the principles regulating UNAMISS but that they will specifically focus on women and children.
“We will specifically attend to women and children because they are the ones that face violence the most, but we will also show them that they can do the same as what we do.” She said.
According to Juvenal Marizamunda, the Deputy Inspector General OF Police in charge of administration and personnel, “this contingent is the first that includes a big number of female Police officers that the Rwanda National Police is deploying for UN peacekeeping mission.”
He added that the deployment is part of Rwanda’s commitment to ensure international peace and gender equality.