Cox's Bazar police and UN Women launched a women and children help desk, the first of its kind in Rohingya camps, at Madhuchara Police Camp-1 in Cox's Bazar on Sunday.
Over 70 people representing various stakeholders, such as Rohingya women leaders, government high officials, UN agencies, and other officials attended the opening ceremony where ABM Masud Hossain, superintendent of police (SP), Cox's Bazar; and Shoko Ishikawa, country representative of UN Women Bangladesh, inaugurated the facility.
The help desk service has been established upon the request of the SP, with support from the German government. This 24-hour service will have dedicated female police officers to assist Rohingya women and children, said a press release from UN Women.
“We have not been able to approach anyone to report wrongdoings against us as women, but this help desk with female police officers will hopefully be helpful for us,” said a Rohingya leader.
A female police officer expressed their readiness in dealing with complaints. Furthermore, she stressed the need for other agencies to take similar initiatives to increase the representation of female police members in Rohingya camps.