A new video has been released highlighting the work of the Aitebaar program to improve women’s access to security and justice in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The UK government funded program is managed by Coffey.
Mughis Munir is a female officer in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She works in a model police station, at a ‘Lady Complaints Unit’ which was set up to make it easier for women to lodge complaints with the police. The units are staffed with police officers especially trained for this role.
In the highly conservative province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa only a small percentage of police personnel are women, and these women often face discrimination in the recruitment process and in the workplace. Women are also traditionally excluded from playing an active role in legal and peace building initiatives within the community.
But things are changing.
“Female police officers are now given equal opportunities as their male counterparts and are as involved in the security and justice sector,” Mughis said.
“Female police officers are now serving in courts: high courts, session courts and the Judicial Complex, and are performing their duties as well as male police officers.”
There is a long way to go, however, and the UK government continues to support greater inclusion of women in security and justice services in Pakistan.
YouTube link is available here