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The Afghan Women's Police Corps is an important
part of the Ministry of Interior (MoI). In Afghanistan women make up
around half the population but they are underrepresented in the Afghan
National Security Forces (ANSF).
Need for Women in Police Force. The tradition and
culture of Afghanistan sets up obstacles for the police when dealing
with Afghan women. For this reason, the inclusion of women in the Afghan
police is important. The Islamic tradition of separating men and women
creates challenges for the police - especially when conducting
investigations, female searches, or when dealing with female offenders
Obstacles to Women in the Afghan Police. Women
who choose a career in the ANSF face a cultural stigma.
1. Many Afghan women must overcome
traditions and often pressure from their families if the decide to join
the police force. 2. Women police usually will wear civilian clothes when
going to or leaving the workplace in order to avoid confrontations with
the public. In addition there was a high level of female illiteracy -
which is slowly being corrected now that girls can attend school in
Papers and Pubs about Afghan Women Police
(listed in chronological order)
OXFAM. Women and the Afghan Police,
Oxfam International, September 10, 2013. This paper explains why a law
enforcement agency that respects and protects females is crucial for
SDC Afghanistan, "Security for all - Women in the
Afghan Police Forces", Asia Brief 01/2011, April 2011. Swiss Agency for
Development and Cooperation.
Videos about Afghan Women in the Police
RC South, ISAF. "Female Afghan Police - M9 Pistol
News Reports on Afghan Female Police
August 19, 2016.
"Afghan Policewomen Proud to Serve", Institute for War & Peace.
The numbers of female officers in the Afghan National Police have grown,
even in an era of social prejudice.
March 4, 2015.
"Female Police Face Danger in Afghanistan". Development Channel
Blog, Council on Foreign Relations. The authors says we need to
continue the recruitment and training of female police officers in the
Afghan National Police.
March 1, 2015.
"Afghan Policewomen Struggle Against Culture". By Alissa J. Rubin -
The New York Times. It is more difficult than anticipated to
integrate women into the Afghan police.
August 18, 2014.
"Women in Afghan National Police". New Eastern Outlook (NEO). The
author, Vladimir Platov, investigates the advance of women in the Afghan
July 7, 2014.
"Afghan Police Academy graduates 51 female officers". ISAF News.
The graduates were from two classes - one was the eight-week Initial
Police Training Course (IPTC) and the other was the four-month
Non-Commissioned Officer specialty training.
May 14, 2014.
"Jamilia Bayaz inspires women while serving as Afghan police chief".
Fayetteville Observer. Profile of an Afghan women who has
served in the Afghan police for over 30 years. She has served as a
district police chief in Kabul and was promoted to the rank of brigadier
January 15, 2014.
"Afghanistan appoints first female police chief". BBC News Asia.
Afghanistan's first female district police chief has officially started
work in Kabul.
October 13, 2013.
"Do Women Have Their Place in Afghan Police?". Opinion
Internationale. Elizabeth Cameron explains the importance of having
women in the ANP.
September 16, 2013.
"Top Afghan female officer shot dead". Aljazeera. Unknown
killers shot the female sub-inspector in southern Afghanistan in the
latest attack targeting Afghan women in positions of authority. Two
gunmen drove up on a motorcycle and shot her in the neck. Officer Negar
worked in Helmand province's criminal investigation department in
Laashkar Gah city.
September 10, 2013.
"Afghan female police officers face uphill battle". BBC News
Asia. Under the Taliban, female police officers were banned. Now,
the government is trying to increase the number of women in the police
September 19, 2011.
"Fighting is cultural, criminal for Afghan policewomen". USA
Today News. This news article explores the obstacles and challenges
for women in Afghanistan's police force in Zabul province.
May 5, 2011.
"A vital role for women in the Afghan National Police". NATO
News. In Afghanistan, women make up around half the population.
However, they represent only a small proportion of the police force.
April 19, 2011.
"Afghan Policewomen Share Experiences". North Shore Journal. New and
veteran policewomen from districts throughout Afghanistan graduated from
the Basic Afghan Uniform Police course during a ceremony in Kabul in
December 16, 2009.
"Afghan Women's Police Training Center Opens". DoD News.
The first exclusive Afghan National Police Women's Police Corps Training
Center was established in Jalalabad in December 2009.
December 5, 2009.
"Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne's Remarks at the Opening of the Women's
Police Corps Training Center". Embassy of the United States - Kabul.
The ambassador attended the opening of the Jalalabad training center for
1. For more on the stigma of being a policewomen
in Afghanistan see "Fighting the stigma facing Afghanistan's women
police", Oxfam International.
2. For more on cultural resistance to women in
the Afghan police see "Afghan Policewomen Struggle Against Culture", by
Alissa J. Rubin in The New York Times, March 1, 2015. In a
clash between Western ideals and Afghan realities, an effort to elevate
the status of women by recruiting them to the police force has often