The Deputy Director of National Police General Directorate participated in a discussion "20 years - women, peace and security", organized by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria
The discussion was organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, reaffirming the important role of women in conflict prevention and resolution and peace building.
At the official opening, the President of the National Assembly Ms. Tsveta Karayancheva said that women in uniform contribute to the balance in developing adequate and innovative approaches to resolving conflicts in all spheres of life with their qualities, stoicism, self-denial and strength of spirit. Ms. Tsveta Karayancheva stressed the importance of the forum in order to better outline the role of women not only in the security sector, but also in all other spheres of political, economic and social life.
According to her, women in the security and defence services are both an example for the next generations and a guarantor that the state's efforts are not episodic, because they were not allowed there by someone's favour, but won their place with professionalism, will, perseverance and their actions prove that on an equal footing with men they defend the honour of the epaulet.
The Ministry of Interior has adopted the principle of gender equality long time ago, said Deputy Director of National Police General Directorate, Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva, during the discussion "20 years - women, peace and security" initiated by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. According to her, the Interior Ministry is not encapsulated only for men, about 25% of the staff working in the system of the Ministry of Interior are women, and about 16% of all senior officials in the Ministry of Interior are women.
Senior Commissioner Makeva pointed out that the percentage of employed women is higher in positions that require specific qualifications and education. This is the case in the investigation field, where women predominate among the investigating police officers and are more than 50%. More than half of the heads of “Investigation” sectors and departments are also women. In the Economic Police they are 18%. The Deputy Director of the GDNP clarified that the highest percentage of women work in the general and specialized administration of the Ministry of Interior, where more than 50% of the directors and heads of structures are women. In the expert positions under the Civil Servant Act, the employed women are almost 60%.
The National Police General Directorate has the highest representation of women among all the main directorates in the Ministry of Interior - a total of 23% of servants with police powers.
Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva noted that the Ministry of Interior is one of the institutions that actively participates through its experts in the development of the adopted in March this year National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2020-2025, as well as in the ongoing draft National Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality 2021-2030.
The event discussed various aspects of equality between women and men and their commitment to maintaining peace and security, the need to ensure greater representation of women at all levels in the decision-making process at national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution.
The Ministry of Interior was also represented at the forum by the Deputy Director of the Migration Directorate, Commissioner Mariana Marinova, the Head of the Fifth Regional Police Department within the Sofia Metropolitan Directorate of Interior, Commissioner Marietta Ivanova, Commissioner Rumyana Borisova, Head of the Border Control Department at the Border Police General Directorate, Commissioner Vanya Georgieva, Head of the department "Methodical management of the activities of investigation" in GDNP, Chief Inspector Vesela Marinova-Petrova, Head of Sector "Expert- forensic activities" in GDNP, Inspector Penka Stoyanova from the Security Police Department, GDNP, Inspector Desislava Petrova-Lyoleva from the Crimes against Persons Sector at the Criminal Police Department, GDNP, Jivka Ivanova, Head of the DNA Analysis Sector at the National Institute of Forensics, Evelina Lazarova, Head of the Computer Systems and Network Devices Sector at the National Institute of Forensics, as well as women employees of the Ministry of Defense, occupying leading and executive positions in the various structures of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces, and the Association of Women Servicemen.