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MoD Aims To Increase Female Intake To 5,000

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afghan-female-officers-2The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is hoping to increase the number of women in the ranks of the national army to at least 5,000 in the next 10 years.

Speaking at an event on women's roles in the army, the MoD's advisor in women's affairs, Wazhma Frogh, said: "We have earmarked 5,000 positions for women and the MoD has to ensure 5,000 are appointed in different positions within the next 10 years."

The director of human rights and gender at the MoD, Zahir Azimi, stressed the need for the presence of women in the army.

"Fortunately, a lot of efforts have been made over the past few months to improve conditions [for women] in areas of capacity building, recruitment and creating a safe environment," said Azimi.

"Opportunity should be fostered, so that women will be able to protect women in all areas," said Hasina Safi, a civil society activist.

Currently there are 1,400 women working in different positions at the MoD.