When women participate in law enforcement, at all levels and in all roles, law enforcement is more responsive to, and reflective of, the community it serves. The meaningful participation of women in law enforcement increases operation effectiveness, enhances community trust, and decreases corruption. Nevertheless, women remain chronically underrepresented in law enforcement across Asia and the Pacific.

UN Women and UNODC have joined forces to support women in law enforcement, with a focus on women in law enforcement at boarder transit points to combat trafficking in women and girls, since 2018. Building on this, UN Women and UNODC have partnered with INTERPOL to undertake groundbreaking research on Women in Law Enforcement in the ASEAN Region, with the generous support of the Government of Canada.