The critical role of Afghan police in eliminating violence against women and promoting gender equality was highlighted at a regional UNAMA-backed event in eastern Nangarhar province.
Some 50 women police officers from Laghman, Kunar and Nangarhar provinces participated in the event, which included presentations from representatives of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the Afghan National Police and the regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Participants focused not only on laws related to the prevention of violence against women, but also on the integration of women in the security sector. They collaborated on specific case studies to develop a set of recommendations specific to their respective areas of work. Nangarhar shares a border with Pakistan -- the Torkham border crossing being the principle gateway. With a porous frontier and the presence of anti-government elements, Nangarhar and the adjacent provinces are characterized by a delicate security balance.