Tuesday, March 06, 2012
We have been greeted throughout our journey with the phrase "You are welcome." In Abu Dhabi the women and men greeted us with smiles and this greeting. "We are happy to have you here". The International Association of Women Police is living out is mission and working on the "I" in IAWP. International.
In the past few days members of the board of IAWP have been to Abu Dhabi, UAE and participated in the First Emirati Women Police Conference. We have moved on to Dhaka, Bangladesh where we are conducting our Early Board Meeting. Tomorrow we will be a part of the First Asian Women Police Training Conference which is being held here in Dhaka.
The IAWP has welcomed two new Affiliates for these two locations; The Emirati Women Police Association and the Bangladesh Women Police Association.
We are truly enjoying experiencing the International component of the IAWP.
Monday, March 05, 2012
The IAWP Board is at The Police Staff College in Dhaka Bangladesh. We are conducting our 2012 Early Board Member handling the business of the IAWP.
The college facilities have been set aside specifically for our board meeting and the upcoming First Asia Region Women Police Conference.
The Conference will be March 7 & 8. All members of the board will be attending in support of this historical Regional Training.
I am looking forward to teaching in regards to "Best Practices in the area Family and Domestic Violence".
We were taken on a tour of Ahsan Manzil Palace Museum, through the city and to the Parliament Building. We are being warmly greeted and very well looked after by the women and men of the Bangladesh Police Service.
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Last Night members of the IAWP Board embarked on a journey into the desert on modern day horses (Toyota Land cruisers) to experience the beautiful brown sands of the Phoenix Safari Compound. We enjoyed Riding the sand dunes like roller coaster as our tour took us up, down and sliding sideways through the desert. It was very exciting especially for me because I love roller coasters, fun rides and speed.
We enjoyed some time with the local animal mode of transportation, the camels. There were ATV rides, Sand boarding, and opportunity to dress in traditional clothing (which the women of our group experienced at the mosque), Henna drawings (temporary tattoo) and a chance to smoke from a traditional pipe.
The highlight sunset. Followed by a moment when it was quite dark and they turned off the music and the lights so we could experience DARKNESS IN THE DESERT. That was very surreal. We do not often turn off our minds, music, activities and stop; then listen to the sounds of silence.
I thanked God for the experience of being at that place, at that time, with the people I was with and with my health; blessings that are beyond measure.