Senior Superintendent of Police and Police Advisor to International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC), Zipporah Nderitu has won the 2023 International Association of Women of Police – ‘Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children’ award.
Nderitu has been recognised for her work in fighting against Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the country.
She has become the first Kenyan to receive the prestigious award.
The award is awarded to a female police officer who distinguishes herself by her exceptional policing skills to prevent and detect offenses of violence against women, including human trafficking.
A photo of Senior Superintendent of Police and Police Advisor to IPSTC, Zipporah Nderitu
She was honoured at the 60th International Women in Policing Conference ceremony, taking place in Auckland, New Zealand from September 17 to September 21, 2023
Nderitu was lauded for her exemplary performance in making a difference in the country where GBV is rampant against both men and women.
“We congratulate and appreciate her outstanding acts of service to women and children globally. She has been a beacon of hope for those who have gone through such cases and the centre will continue to support her and her endeavours,” wrote IPSTC.
The officer was thrilled by the international recognition vowing to ensure she eradicates all cases of GBV in the country by 2026.
“I dedicate this award to all victims of SGBV who got to live and became survivors,” she stated.
Nderiu is in charge of coordinating Policare- a service integrated by the National Police Service (NPS) to deal with SGBV in the country.
Launched in 2021, Policare was aimed at strengthening the capacity of NPS to prevent and respond to SGBV cases through the establishment of a ‘One Stop’ victim support centre incorporating the synergy of multiple agencies.
Service providers roped in the project include police, forensic investigators, health providers, psychologists, medical-legal, gender experts, correctional personnel, and the magistrate on call.
A photo of one of the Policare centres in Kenya