For Assistant Police Commissioner Charity Charamba, who served as a peacekeeper for three years in Liberia, being the third-highest ranking official in the mission had its gender challenges.
I had to assert myself, because at first the male colleagues, both at the senior and lower ranks, treated me as if I did not know my duties and at times, did not acknowledge my presence, she
From left to right: Superintendent Sithulisiwe Mthimkhulu, Superintendent Rosina Mamutse, Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, Superintendent Jessie Banda, Superintendent Kani Moyo, and Assistant Inspector Muchaneta Isabell Ngwenya.
Assuming senior-level positions while on mission comes naturally to Zimbabwean police women who already hold senior posts at home, explains Assistant Commissioner Charamba.
We are provided with equal opportunities within the police and given the chance to rise and to participate at all levels.
Women are heads of several of the country's provinces and the head of the training depot is female, she says, adding that Zimbabwe's Police Commissioner General promotes women's advancement within the force.
says working internationally gives women blue berets the chance to see different types of police practice and to share experiences.