Resolute Support is committed to gender initiatives through the ongoing train, advise and assist mission. International partners work closely with key leaders from the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police to advise on the effective integration of women, against the backdrop of a traditionally conservative culture, in a country where security is not guaranteed.
Resolute Support aims to assist in developing achievable plans for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to successfully integrate women. The key goal is to develop capacity where women actively contribute to the sustained security of Afghanistan.
A country that has a significant representation from women in all levels of society, such as politics, the economy, the security sector and education, willstand a greater chance of sustained peace.
• United Nations Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325)
• Afghanistan’s National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325, Women Peace and Security
Current Statistics (as of May 2018):
Over 4,400 women serve in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), including 120 new members in the Afghan Special Security Forces and 100 in the Afghan Air Force
Over 3,200 women serve in the Afghan National Police (ANP), an increase from 2,200 in 2015
Over 1,100 women serve in the Afghan National Army (ANA), an increase from 350 in 2012
Resolute Support is assisting the Afghan security forces with integration methods by developing clear, deliberate force development plans to ensure women have:
- Defined career paths at all rank levels
- Can be promoted based on merit
- Targeted skill training
- Appropriate assignments to positions where they will actively contribute to their unit’s mission
The increase in the numbers of women is only successful if they are trained well, and employed properly. Leadership from the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police is crucial to the success of integration.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces continue to struggle with force generation and career progression opportunities in an effort to achieve full gender integration.
The Train, Advise, and Assist Team is assisting the ANDSF to implement aa four-year gender roadmap that will ensure women possess the required skills for effective performance, and are afforded opportunities for career development and promotion.
A concerted effort is being made to improve the recruitment and training processes.
- Afghan National Army to reach just over 6,400 over the next eight years.
- Afghan National Police to reach approximately 10,000 over the next five years.
Success for Women in the ANDSF:
- International donor funding continues to significantly complement the range of facilities and education opportunities designed to provide women with the appropriate environment and skills in which to meaningfully contribute to the security sector.
- 4 women are training at the Sergeant Major Academy
- 23 women have joined the newest intake at the four-year Afghan National Police Academy
- Afghan National Army Officer Academy – a recent graduate commenced education at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
- Women’s Police Town (accommodations for up to 90 families) Phase 1 – groundbreaking April 2018
- Ministry of Defense Headquarters daycare extension/refurbishment
- Ministry of Defense Women’s Facility (classrooms, offices, and gymnasium) – groundbreaking November 2018
- Afghan National Police and Army sewing facility upgrades to increase internal capacity for uniform manufacturing and improved working conditions for employees with a children’s daycare