Police in Uganda have kicked off the new month in style, launching a ‘visibility day’ with female officers in the force manning all the junctions in the capital Kampala.
The recently formed Uganda Association of Women Police shared pictures of all female police crews directing traffic in the city.
On their official Twitter handle, the association said it was running the campaign dubbed #WomaningTheStreets ahead of International Women’s Day as an activity supporting its mission of ‘providing a platform for female officers to strive for equal opportunities and empowerment for quality service delivery’.
The highest ranking female officers in the force are Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Jesca Orodriyo and AIGP Elizabeth Muwanga.
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March.
Ugandans on social media welcomed the campaign and urged the police force to reform and empower female officers, not just in the month of March.
Have U seen Female @PoliceUg #WomaningTheStreets today? What a way to begin the month of March! As #Hotelsexpo2018 prepares 2 celebrate the #IWD2018.
Our gratitude goes to all the Women who Protect & Serve. Happy New Month.
Dont forget to passby #Hotelsexpo2018 due 6-8 Sept 2018 pic.twitter.com/vWTL1MyhuS
— #HotelsExpo2018 (@hotelrestexpo) March 1, 2018
— ✨Mrs 007✨ (@kakatshozi_) March 1, 2018
Female officers play an important and difficult role in law enforcement, it is high time that we commend their hard work.#WomaningTheStreets ??
— Susan Nava (@_Susan_Nava) March 1, 2018