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Female Police Officers Hold Conference in Kabul


Afghanistan hosted a policewomen's conference in October that aimed to help Afghan women gain confidence through sharing experiences with other female law enforcement officers from Muslim countries, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The conference included discussions of women’s contributions to law enforcement, training sessions, and even a fashion show of police uniforms. There are current 240 women in Afghanistan’s police force, some of whom hold senior positions.


"It's a chance for all the women to see each other's uniforms, to be able to compare notes and to see what is appropriate for women doing policing in an Islamic society," Tonita Murray, senior police and gender advisor for the Afghan Ministry of Interior, told the BBC.


Gradually, the Afghan National Police hopes to hire and train more female police officers to contribute to community policing, intelligence, administrative management, and counseling. The conference was a bold first step in expanding women’s role in the Afghan police force, and empowering women throughout Afghanistan.

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