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Work on women’s police town at MoI gets underway

Work on women’s police town at MoI gets underway

Apr 09, 2018 - 13:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Construction work on Womeninfo-icon’s Police Town, a complex being built on the grounds of the Ministry of Interior, has been launched. 

The project aims to ensure women have a safe and secure environmentinfo-icon to fully integrate into the police force, the Resolute Support Mission said.

François Rivest, Canadian ambassador to Afghanistaninfo-icon, and General John Nicholson, and Resolute Support commander,hosted a celebration on the occasion.

"Successful recruitment and retention of female police officers is vital for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said Rivest. “Canada is pleased to support the full participation of women in Afghan societyinfo-icon through our sponsorship of the Police Town project."

Women’s Police Town will be a separate secure complex adjacent to the existing Male Police Town to ensure the privacy of policewomen and their families.

The project includes construction of 10 apartment buildings, each with 30 units, able to house 300 Afghanistan national policewomen and their families.

The complex, to be built in four phases, will also include an elementary school, children and infant daycare facility, a medical clinic, as well as fitness and community centres.

According to an RS statement, the elementary school and daycare center will be managed and operated by the government of Afghanistan.

Nicholsonsaid: "Today’s celebration has been years in the making. It would not have been possible without the continued dedication of many organisations, nationsand individuals who all see a common goal: the full participation of women in all aspects of Afghan society.

“This celebration brings us one step closer to that goal, and symbolizes the dreams of millions of women in their grate nation, to serve proudly and play a pivotal role in its future and security."

The government of Canada contributed $26 million to fund the first phase of construction. Their contribution acknowledges the international community’s commitment to gender equality and the future vision of the Afghanistan National Police. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

First Deputy Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Janan Bari kzai said: “Facilities like Women’s Police Town enhance the safety of our brave policewomen. Recruitment and retaining female police officers is essential to transforming the Afghan National Police into a force that protects and serves the people.”

During the planning process, the project was thoroughly reviewed and coordinated with the relevant Afghan ministries, the First Lady, Resolute Support and the US Department of Defense.

Rula Ghani said: “The development of a facility such as Women’s Police Town is a significant step towards encouraging more women to serve in the Afghan National Police.

“For these brave women to know their families will be well looked after when they are serving their communities is of comfort. We know that women have a unique and positive approach to policing in our communities. With this approach comes increased security and safety for all of us.”


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