A housing project for female officers in Afghanistan was inaugurated on April 9th with the help of many national and international donors.
The police town will include 10 apartments able to host 300 policewomen and their families. This is the first project of its kind in the country and will include a community centre, fitness centre, elementary school, child care centre and medical clinic.
The project’s purpose is to help encourage women to join the police service. Unfortunately, joining the police service as a woman can be taboo and very dangerous, with many female officers suspected to have lost their lives due to insurgents. The hope is that the women’s police town will raise women’s participation in the security sector and fight against gender inequality. Through this project, more women can be successfully recruited and retained within the service. The Canadian government helped sponsor this project for 27 million USD along with Italy, the United Kingdom, and South Korea.
“Women have a unique and positive approach to policing in our communities. With this approach comes increased security and safety for all of us.” – Rula Ghani, Afghanistan’s First Lady