Two-day Conference on the Future of Policing in Afghanistan underway

Kabul, 30 August 2016. What lies ahead for civilian policing in Afghanistan? How can the role of female police officers in the Afghan National Police (ANP) be strengthened? EUPOL and the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) seek to set out a road map on the future of civilian policing in Afghanistan.

The role of female police officers in the ANP took center stage on the opening day of the conference, 30 August 2016. Distinguished guests included the First Lady of Afghanistan Mrs. Rula Ghani, the Afghan Minister of Interior Taj Mohammad Jahed, the EUPOL Head of Mission Ms. Pia Stjernvall, the Head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) Dr. Sima Samar, the Head of the ANP Staff College Major General Sayeq, former parliamentarian and civil society activist Ms. Farkhunda Zahra Naderi as well as female officers serving in the ANP.

Five key conclusions were drawn from the first day of the conference:

  1. There is an increased awareness about the important role of female police officers in the ANP.
  2. There is also a recognition of both the need for and added value that female police officers bring to the ANP.
  3. The aforementioned progress notwithstanding, there remains a lot to be done, for example with regard to improving the working environment, working conditions and training opportunities for female police officers.
  4. There are no legal, moral or religious restrictions on women joining the police force.
  5. The MoI acknowledges the challenges to female policing and is working on resolving them through its 10-year strategic plan, which has been in place for two years.

The second day of the conference 31 August focuses on the way forward for the Afghan National Police.