Women to constitute 9pc of MoI staff in 2 years
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Nine percent of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) employees would be female within the next two years, an official said on Tuesday.
Addressing a gender seminar at the Nangarhar border police headquarters, Col. Abdul Hameed said the ministry planned to have 6,000 policewomen by the end of 2016.
Based on the plan, by 2017, nine percent of MoI staff would be female, he added. Policemen are not allowed to check women and hence the need for hiring more women.
Major General Fazluddin Ayar, 301st eastern zone border police head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the seminar was aimed to encourage women to join the police force.
“Our society is in dire need of having more policewomen. Afghan women should work shoulder to shoulder with policemen,” he remarked.
NATO’s Resolute Mission representatives also attended the seminar. Col. Stokes told the participants that tens of women had joined border police and were serving their country.
President Ashraf Ghani had ordered MoI to ensure hiring 6,000 policewomen by the end of 2015, he said, adding NATO’s combat mission was over. “But we will continue cooperation with MoI and provide assistance in training police.”
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