Afghan Women to Join Kabul Police Force, Country Still in Shambles
Afghan government officials on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of female cadets to the Kabul police academy, reported the Associated Press. Women officers—who comprise 600 of the capital’s current 8,000-strong force—were last trained in 1992 before the civil war.
Come March 2003, over 60 women will graduate from a half-year-long training program and join Kabul’s police force, working at checkpoints, the airport, in jailhouses, and on criminal investigations throughout the city, interior ministry spokesperson Alishah Paktiawal told AP. Interior Minister Mohammed Wardak welcomes the change: “We need more policewomen, and we’re asking more to come… Eventually we want 50 percent of our police forces staffed by women,” he said. Eventually, Wardak anticipates that female officers will be deployed beyond Kabul as well.
Security remains a key concern in Afghanistan. In the last year, attacks against US and its allied forces have grown increasingly frequent, with nearly 55 incidents in the last month alone, reported the Washington Post. In 2002, at least 12 girls’ schools also were subject to bombings, rocket attacks, and other violent attacks.
The Feminist Majority and others have questioned why the US has continued to withhold support for expanding international peacekeeping troops beyond and within Kabul, which many believe would be the most effective strategy for immediately improving security.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .