From September 5th to 7th, 2023, representatives from the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit participated in a round table discussion that took place at Rahaman’s Park, located in East Bank Demerara. 

The Inter-American programme for strengthening gender equality in counter-drug law enforcement agencies (GENLEA) seeks to enhance the efficiency and inclusivity of the workforce in order to combat drug trafficking in the Americas. 

The programme was facilitated by Ms. Veronica Alonso and Ms. Ana Alvarez, both affiliated with the OAS/CICAD Supply Reduction Unit, who delivered a concise introduction and opening statements. 

The programme served as a significant platform that provides participants with the chance to deeply explore the crucial matters pertaining to gender equality within the domain of law enforcement. 

The attendees were fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to speakers who were able to inspire them, participate in discussions that stimulated deep thinking, and exchange valuable perspectives. 

This collective effort has resulted in notable progress towards the development of a law enforcement environment that is more inclusive and equitable. 

It was pointed out that the imperative nature of gender equality within the realm of law enforcement,  serves as a fundamental requirement for a society that upholds principles of justice, equity, and the protection of human rights. 

The event ended by asserting that the desired transformation we seek begins with us, and it ripples outward into our communities, our agencies, and ultimately, our country.