New Center Opens as Facilities for Afghanistan’s Women Police Improve Nationwide
U.S. Army Major Gen. Robin L. Fontes, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) commander, prepares to cut the ribbon for a new housing facility for up to 20 Afghan women police officers.
15 May 2018
By: Brynja Dögg Friðriksdóttir, Resolute Support Public Affairs
MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan – Housing facilities for up to 20 Afghan women police officers opened in Camp Pamir, Mazar-e-Sharif, April 22. Lt. Gen. Baba Jan 707th Afghan Police Zone and U.S. Army Major Gen. Robin L. Fontes, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) commander, cut the ribbon for the facilities.
"This is destiny for women police officers. It shows the support of the Ministry and showcases how women police officers are valued and supported here," said Col. Najiba Najib, 707th Police Zone chief of gender and human rights in Mazar-e-Sharif. "This provides a calm and friendly working environment [for the women] to handle their office work.”
According to Fontes, facilities are improving for Afghan women police officers across the country.
"We recently did a groundbreaking ceremony for Women´s Police Town in Kabul,” said Fontes. "It provides about 300 apartments for women with their families to live in a safe area where they can still serve as police women."
The facilities are part of a construction plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, to build women's facilities across Afghanistan for the Afghan Uniform Police (AUP).
"It´s a facility where the women can work and use it as an office. It can also serve as a changing room or as a daycare center for their children while they are working,” said Fontes. "It´s a place where they can come to work and feel safe and not be concerned about some of the pressures they may feel from society."
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