Call for Abstracts for the International Women in Policing Conference 2023

The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and the Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP), with the support of the New Zealand Police (NZP) will host the 2023 International Women in Policing Conference in Auckland, New Zealand from 17-23 September 2023.

This prestigious event will combine the 60th annual IAWP conference, and the 12th Biennial ACWAP Conference, as well as both IAWP and ACWAP award events.

The conference theme “Refresh, Renew, Refocus” will focus on developing women within Policing and related organisations as well as on how policing responds to women in the communities they serve.

The 2023 conference will provide an ideal learning and networking forum for police officers, police practitioners, law enforcement officers, federal agents, customs, immigration, quarantine, and corrections officers, investigators, managers, police administrators, lawyers, researchers, academics, activists, students, and advocates for women’s human rights both locally and internationally.

Abstract Submissions are NOW OPEN!

A number of streams will be presented during the Conference including but not limited to:

Personal Development

  • Career pathways
  • Leadership development
  • Training and Development
  • Safety & Wellbeing

Engagement & Collaboration

  • Women, Peace & Security
  • Social Media
  •  Indigenous & Multicultural Engagement
  •  Effective Partnerships
  • Recruitment, Retention

Management & Governance

  • Organisational Change
  • Leading change
  • Ethics & Corruption
  • Diversity and Inclusion 

Law Enforcement

  • Operational Policing (Investigations, case studies, new initiatives)
  • Prevention and Intervention (Disruption, intervention and prevention strategies)
  • Serious and Organised Crime
  • Domestic & Family Violence
  • Police Effectiveness

The conference invites people to consider speaking at the conference. Those interested must provide an abstract and the criteria for the abstract are –

  •  It forms the basis of what you intend to give your oral presentation on at the conference;
  • The oral presentation will be for 40 minutes, including question time;
  • All presentations must be original work
  • You must indicate your co-authors/presenters;
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to gain approval of their agency/department (if required) to submit an abstract and present, should the abstract be accepted for presentation.
  • All abstracts must be submitted via the form below.

All presenters are encouraged to participate in the full conference.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 November 2022

Author Notification: 21 December 2022

Author Registration Deadline: 20 February 2023

Deadline for final paper submission: 15 April 2023

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts must be written and presented in English, and not exceed 300 words (text only).

Abstracts are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • relevance to the conference theme
  • interest to an international audience
  • professional merit
  • contribution to knowledge, practice and policies
  • clarity of abstract

Presenters’ biographies are to be submitted with the abstract and the biographies to be written in third person and 100 words maximum.

All presenters are encouraged to participant in the full conference. Conference fees, travel and accommodation costs are all at the presenter’s expense. 

It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure the abstract is submitted correctly. The conference coordinators will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the online submission process, or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.

Acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract is not deemed as an acceptance.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Australasian Council of Women and Policing and the New Zealand Police for acceptance after the submission date, ensuring abstracts represent all streams, with speakers from a diverse range of agencies and countries.  You will be notified if your submission has been successful and requested to develop a full presentation to be delivered at the conference.

Abstract Style Guide

  • Abstract must not exceed 300 words and must include a title.
  • No references, graphics, tables, footnotes or images are to be included with your abstract text.
  • Use standard abbreviations only. Within the body of the abstract, when using abbreviations spell out the name in full at the first mention and follow with the abbreviation thereafter. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.

Further information is available by email request to:

Please click here to fill out the Abstract form.



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