In 2017, the Auschwitz Institute invited Senior Superintendent Meamui Gloria Mubita to attend a one-day Special Planning and Coordination Meeting on the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Kampala, Uganda. Little did she know the profound impact this meeting would have on her future work. At the time, she was actively involved in preventing and responding to Gender-Based Violence in the Eastern Province of Zambia, having joined the Zambia Police Service with the mandate of upholding the Bill of Rights and safeguarding citizens and visitors.
Ms. Mubita closely followed the activities of AIPG, and as soon as more courses were available to broaden the knowledge of individuals working to prevent genocide and mass atrocities, she enrolled in 2018. These courses provided her with significant insights into the subject matter. Although Zambia is generally a peaceful country, being a police officer taught her not to take the country's peace for granted, considering its independence in 1964. Despite Zambia not having ratified the Convention on Genocide at that time, she was fully aware of the Zambian Police Service's responsibility concerning matters related to genocide. Consequently, she encouraged her colleagues to apply for the online courses, as they also recognized the content's relevance to their mandate.
To this day, she continues to inspire many others. Moreover, she expresses her satisfaction with the fact that the Republic of Zambia acceded to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, becoming a party to the Genocide Convention on April 20, 2022.
Ms. Mubita actively develops training materials on Gender-Based Violence, having finalized a Training Manual for Police officers in 2022. This manual acknowledges Gender-Based Violence as a form of Identity-Based Violence, a concept she familiarized herself with during her successful completion of an online course on Preventing Identity-Based Violence in July 2020.
Roland-Sylvestre DAWA is a Legal Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences at the University of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) and a Ph.D. student in International Relations, specializing in international politics at IRIC Yaoundé in Cameroon. He has participated in three AIPG online training courses and in-person training sessions on the prevention of genocide and identity-based violence.