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First Afghan Woman Appointed District Police Chief

First Female Police Chief Takes Charge In Kabul Districti
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January 15, 2014
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has named Colonel Jamila Bayaz as a district police chief in Kabul, making her the first woman to hold that role in the country. There are some 1,500 women working as police officers in Afghanistan -- less than 1 percent of the total force -- but the Interior Ministry intends to raise that number to 10,000 by the end of the year. RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan spent some time with Bayaz on the job in Kabul's District 1.

WATCH: First female police chief Jamila Bayaz takes the helm in Kabul district.

By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
KABUL -- A woman has been appointed as a district police chief for the first time in Afghanistan.

The Interior Ministry named Colonel Jamila Bayaz on January 14 as head of Kabul's District 1, a business and government-administration district in the old-city neighborhood.

She is the first woman to become a district police chief in Afghanistan, where less than 1 percent of police officers are women.

Bayaz told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that she accepted the post after she was granted "full authority."

Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai gave her "strong backing," she said.

"Before this post, I was offered a similar one but I refused to accept it because I told them I would not accept a symbolic job," she added. 

Bayaz, 50, previously worked in the investigative branch at Kabul police headquarters.

There are some 1,500 women working as police officers in Afghanistan and who serve primarily in gender and administrative units.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the ministry planned to increase the number of female police officers to 10,000 by the end of the year.

Sediqqi said the ministry also planned to appoint female officers to higher security posts.

With reporting by dpa

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