Afghan Ministry of Interior Designates First Female Police Chief in the Country

January 14, 2013

On Tuesday, the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MOI) named Colonel Jamila Bayaz as the first Police Chief in Afghanistan.

Concurrent with optimistic views about women's increased role in maintaining security in the country, Kabul Police Chief General Zahir Zahir said "We have designated her in one of the most important police stations of the city, which is Kabul's first police station, …We don't seek to place a female officer in a weak station, its not like that, we started this process at this station because women are capable of working like men."

MoI officials expressed earlier this month that they expected to welcome an average of 10,000 female police recruits this year.

"I think my assignment to this post will persuade others to join the police force," Colonel Bayaz said. Colonel Bayaz previously served as a police officer at the Ministry of Interior's offices in Kabul.

MoI spokesman Sediq Sediq also offered remarks, "I hope that we see a female Provincial Police Chief in the future, we are working on that and soon you will see it."