A female general who took not a single day off in 41 years
KABUL (Pajhwok): “Not only working in police and army was a pride for women, but whatever services they offered for the government and people were praised”, recalls a female general the women’s situation in Afghanistan four decades ago.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, a female general who has been serving for more than 40 years as a military doctor in Sardar Mohammad Daud Hospital, Brig. Gen. Razia Rahimi, the director of nursing for the Afghan Office of the Surgeon General, said the decades of war pushed the country backward mainly because women in uniform were disrespected.
Four decades ago, she recalled, more value would be given to professions because there had been no war in the country and it was a time when enemies could not interfere in Afghanistan’s domestic and foreign affairs.
She remembered there had been no corruption in government departments and women would proudly and honestly perform their professional jobs in police and army.
“As the security situation is today not good, there is the need for ladies to join police because they are required for searching women and houses. If our sisters shy away from working with their brothers in uniform, the morale of the enemies of the country will go high,” she said.
Currently, there are nearly 13,00 female employees in the Ministry of Defence and nearly 2,200 policewomen with the Ministry of Interior and the numbers would be increased to 10,000 in the next five years.
Rahimi said the Afghan women were subjected to violence and discrimination both in homes and at workplaces. Some families did not allow their girls to work in security forces and insult them by using harsh language.
Rahimi was born in 1956 in Kabul. She has five brothers and two sisters. She did not marry and devoted her entire life to social activities.
In her 41 years service, she has not taken a single day leave and has been looking after sick people and injured persons in hospitals of Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Paktia and instructs related officials for treatment.
“It makes me happy when critically injured persons are discharged from hospital after getting well,” she said.
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