Women comprise less than one percent of Afghanistan's police force, with about 1,600 women serving and about 200 more in training. In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty before her death, Negar discussed the importance of having women police officers. She said, "Women are needed, and they shouldn't be scared [to join]. We should take pride in the fact that our people are happy with the work we do and they thank God that we women police exist."
Fifty-three percent of Afghans approve of having female police in their communities, according to a recent UNDP police perception survey. In the same survey, seven in ten Afghans reported that they would be more likely to report a crime to a female police officer, and nearly six in ten said they would be more likely to trust a female officer to resolve a crime fairly. The Afghan Ministry of the Interior has pledged to increase the number of women police to 5,000 by 2015.
Media Resources: Feminist Newswire 9/16/2013; Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 9/19/2013; Christian Science Monitor 9/17/2013; BBC 9/16/2013; United Nations Development Programme Police Perception Survey 2011
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