The Conference which is held annually for Female Security Personnel throughout the world attracted about four hundred (400) delegates from ninety one (91) countries including West Africa (Ghana), fifty three (53) workshops and hundred (100) speakers.
The objective was to work towards promoting the welfare, capacity and development of female officers within the organizations they work. It was organized in collaboration with the European Network of Policewomen (ENP)
Some of the activities that marked the conference included an “All Nations Parade”, an award ceremony, Australian Night, Special Screening of Documentary Film titled “A Journey of thousand miles”: Peacekeepers, cultural night and a dinner dance.
In her remarks, the President of IWAP, Margret Shooter, encouraged women to be daring, creative and courageous. She also stressed on the need to be the first to reach out by moving out of their comfort zone, adding value to their professional knowledge and striving to be the best. She further expressed her gratitude to the Mayor of Barcelona, the Police Head and all who contributed to the successful hosting of the conference.
Awards were presented to female officers of the Association who have distinguished themselves over the years. West Africa picked two awards with one going to Ghana Police and the other to Burkina Faso.
This is the third time members of the Association have participated in the IAWP Conference. The next conference would be hosted in Australia.