As the Founder of Kingsman, an organization committed to justice for women, security expert and kidnap recovery agent, Michael Evans, firmly believes that empowering women in government agencies responsible for investigating crimes primarily committed against females makes absolute sense. Recent alarming statistics, such as the nearly 10,000 women and girls who have gone missing in Kashmir, highlight the urgent need for a more proactive approach to tackling such crimes.
Recent headlines shed light on a deeply concerning issue that plagues societies worldwide: the vulnerability of women in the face of crime. It is clear that traditional investigative approaches have not been able to fully address the complexities surrounding violence against women. To truly combat these crimes and ensure justice for victims, it is imperative to have women at the forefront of the investigative process.
“We can effect a positive shift in the way these cases are approached and resolved by bringing more women into government agencies responsible for investigating crimes primarily committed against women,” explained Michael Evans. “Women investigators not only bring a unique perspective and understanding of the challenges faced by victims, but they also play a crucial role in building trust and rapport with survivors.” Evans believes that this encourages more women to come forward, report crimes, and seek justice without fear of prejudice or discrimination. “I am reminded of Detective Courtney Wright of the Cary, NC police criminal investigations division when I think about compassion for other women. In a complex case, her perspective on a missing girl helped bring clarity.”
Empowering women in these law enforcement agencies will help challenge deeply ingrained societal biases and stereotypes that often hinder the investigation and prosecution of crimes against women. By having women investigators who can empathize with victims and provide a safe and supportive environment, we can break down barriers that often prevent survivors from sharing their experiences or seeking assistance.
Evans said, “It is essential to recognize that empowering women in government agencies responsible for investigating crimes against women is not about excluding men or diminishing their role. Rather, it is about creating a more balanced and inclusive system that ensures equal representation and access to justice for all.” Collaborative efforts between men and women investigators will only strengthen the fight against gender-based violence, bringing about more comprehensive and effective solutions.
To implement this approach successfully, it is vital to invest in the recruitment, training, and professional development of women investigators. Governments and relevant agencies must prioritize gender diversity in their hiring processes and provide ongoing support, including specialized training in handling sensitive cases and addressing trauma. By doing so, we can nurture a skilled and empathetic workforce that can deliver justice for victims and contribute to a safer society.
Statistics reveal a staggering number of women who have gone missing in India over a two-year period. According to the data, more than 1 million women were reported missing between 2019 and 2021.
This alarming figure sheds light on the vulnerability and risks faced by women in India. Evans emphasizes the need to address the root causes of these disappearances and take decisive action to ensure the safety and well-being of women in the country. He also stressed the importance of tackling societal factors such as gender inequality, violence against women, and inadequate law enforcement response.
“The statistics paint a grim picture of the challenges faced by women in India, and underscores the urgency of implementing comprehensive measures to combat gender-based violence, improve safety mechanisms, and strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies to investigate and address cases of missing women,” continued Evans. These efforts must be accompanied by a broader societal commitment to promote gender equality, empower women, and create an environment where women's rights are respected and protected.
The scale of the problem calls for a multifaceted approach involving government intervention, community engagement, and civil society collaboration. Only through collective action can India work towards reducing the number of missing women, ensuring justice for victims, and creating a society where all women can live free from fear and violence.
The empowerment of women in government agencies responsible for investigating crimes primarily committed against women is not only a sensible approach but a necessary one. By embracing gender diversity and providing equal opportunities, we can foster a more empathetic and effective response to crimes against women.
Michael Evans is the founder of Kingsman, an extraordinary organization organized in 2005, who has demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact on women. As the founder of USPA Nationwide Security, an international security firm, Evans has dedicated up to 50% of the company's profits for the last two decades to support Kingsman's mission. The primary focus of Kingsman is to investigate, locate, and rescue missing girls across six continents. This remarkable philanthropic effort has been made possible by a dedicated team of over 5000 security contractors, predominantly comprised of military veterans from various backgrounds, including United States Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and Delta Force operators. Together, they bring their expertise and experience to work tirelessly towards the noble cause of rescuing and safeguarding vulnerable girls worldwide.