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Civil society seeks more women in police force

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A number of civil society activists said that the number of women in police forces in Afghanistan was not enough. They stressed on greater share for women in police force.

Talking to a joint session of the civil society and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) under the title of ‘support to policewomen, support to peace and security’, the civil society activists said that increase in the number women in the police force was need of the hour.

The activists also issued resolution, where they stressed on appointment of a woman as deputy interior ministry. Raihana Azizi, a civil society activist, while reading the resolution said that the ministry should also appoint women as directors and department heads.

She added that a special unit of policewomen should be formed to cope with cases of violence against women in public places.

The activists also urged the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs to conduct special campaigns to persuade women to joint Afghan National Police (ANP).

According to the MoI, there are around 2,751 women in police force. The government is willing to increase the number to 5,000 women in 2016 and 10,000 women in 2024.

Outdated customs, lack of awareness and unfavorable work environment dissuade women to join ANP.

An official in the MoI said that a national campaign should be launched to create a favorable work environment for women not only in the MoI, but all other organizations.