Youth and Women in Community Policing: Engaged Communities Are Safe Communities

Osh – On April 5, the American Corner in Osh city will host the opening of a photo exhibition on “Youth in Community Policing.” The event is part of the Saferworld Community Policing Initiative funded by the United States. The exhibition will showcase the contributions of youth and women to improving partnership between police and communities to create safer environments.

Saferworld focuses on community-based approaches to understand the root causes of community insecurity and find effective ways to address these concerns.  Some of the most critical challenges local communities face are underage marriage, high unemployment, and at risk-youth.  These factors are often linked to domestic violence, early divorce, and an increase in violent extremism. Saferworld supports local organizations to cultivate cooperation between communities and police to tackle the issues together.

From June 2015 to January 2016, Saferworld facilitated eight youth and women initiatives at the local and national levels. These initiatives reduced domestic violence, kept youth away from criminal activity, and prevented violent extremist recruiting.  The campaigns focused on building trust among community members, law enforcement, and local authorities.

The photo exhibition will show examples of youth and women involved in the community policing process, and provide an opportunity to learn more about how young people can improve their communities.

The photo exhibition is open for visitors until 15 April 2016. An opening ceremony will be on 5 April 2016, at 15:00 – 16:30 h. – Osh American Corner, Osh Oblast Library, 71 Kurmanjan Datka Street.

For more information:

Contact person: Stefan Stoyanov