“China’s pursuit of a Pacific-wide deal with island nations covering policing, security and data communications cooperation leaves the new Labor government in Australia facing a challenge to be the security “partner of choice” in the region. While the full details of these proposed agreements are not yet known, China is unlikely to include programs of work to empower women or increase women’s participation in law enforcement given the limitations on women in these roles in China itself.” Writes Melissa Jardine.
“A lack of attention to the gender divide in technology and maritime law enforcement risks exacerbating gender inequality and prospects for women’s inclusion in the future. To counter China’s influence among Pacific island nations and align with Australia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, increasing funding for women in law enforcement – both onshore and maritime – is one way Australia can achieve both.”
Read more of Melissa Jardin’s important blog published today by the Lowry Institute here:
Would China? Australia’s chance to back women police in the Pacific | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)
To find out more about Melissa Jardine’s innovative research and advocacy on women and law enforcement in Asia Pacific region click here.