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Minister wants women to join police

Minister wants women to join police

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Mar 05, 2011 - 18:32

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The interior minister said on Saturday a campaign would be launched to convince womeninfo-icon into joining the police force.

At a press conference ahead of International Women's Day in Kabul, Bismillah Mohammadi said: "We urgently need another 5,000 policewomen."

Mohammadi, who asked women to cooperate with his ministry in making the campaign a success, said that they were trying to increase the number of female officers.

A special complaint box has been set up at the ministry to enable women to convey their grievances to high-ups, Mohammadi said

"The ministry is working on a plan to strengthen security for schools, particularly girls' schools," he said of threats to girl students.He believed women could play a significant role in bringing peace and stability to the country.

Mujtaba Patang, head of the training department at the interior ministry, said progress had been made in recruiting women into police in recent years. More than 950 policewomen have so far been appointed.

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