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  • A Step Towards A Safer Afghanistan: 242 Female Officers Graduate from Police Training in Turkey Mar 15, 2018

    This week 242 female police officers - 150 new recruits and 86 currently serving - graduated from a four-month intensive police training course in Sivas, Turkey. The training is another step towards increasing women's representation in the Afghan police force. With the addition of these freshly-graduated officers, the number of Afghan female police will reach over 3000, a concrete step towards the Ministry of Interior's goal of 5000 female police.

  • "Parwaaz" Painting Festival for International Women's Day Mar 14, 2018

    The United Nations in Afghanistan organized a painting competition in Kabul for artists from all over the country. About fifty-seven artists participated. This festival marked International Women's Day, and women's rights and activism in Afghanistan. The occasion also gave artists the opportunity to express the progress Afghan women have made.

  • The Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives Mar 8, 2018

    "The Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives" - the UNDP Administrator's official statement for the annual celebration of women's empowerment and advocacy for gender equality.

  • RUKHSHANA – a Theater Performance Based on a True Story Dec 17, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Afghanistan organized Rukshana, a theatre performance based on the true story of an Afghan woman who has suffered through violence and emerged as an icon for women’s rights. The performance, aimed at raising awareness about women rights and access to justice, was designed to help reduce violence against women and girls across the country.

  • Afghan Police to Get Pay Rise Dec 14, 2017

    The Afghan police will get a five percent pay rise to alleviate the effects of current inflation rates and make police salaries more in line with those of other civil service employees. The rise in police salaries will be effective January 2018, thanks to continued support from donors of UNDP’s Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA). The pay rise was announced at the LOTFA board meeting co-chaired by minister of interior Wais Ahmad Barmak and UNDP Afghanistan country director Jocelyn Mason, and attended by senior diplomats and representatives of LOTFA donors, on December 11, 2017.

  • Afghanistan Launches US$71 Million Initiative to Prepare Rural Communities for Climate Change Dec 13, 2017

    The Government of Afghanistan, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Least Developed Countries Fund, has launched a new multi-million dollar project aimed at insulating vulnerable Afghan communities from the worst impacts of climate change.

  • International Volunteer Day Marked in Kabul Dec 13, 2017

    To mark International Volunteer Day, hundreds of school and university students, members of the association for the blind, civil society activists, residents and shopkeepers participated in a street-cleaning campaign and donated blood.

  • First-Ever Class of Gender and Women’s Studies Programme Graduated from Kabul University. Nov 7, 2017

    The first batch of students who have completed the Master’s Programme in Gender and Women’s studies at Kabul University have just received their diplomas. The 22 students (15 women and seven men) started their studies in October 2015. Over the past two years, the students studied key areas related to gender equality and women’s rights, such as legal protection, and the role of women in poverty reduction, conflict resolution, civil society engagement and politics.

  • New Facilities for Female Police Officers Oct 22, 2017

    Serving as a police officer in Afghanistan is a major challenge, but for women choosing to serve in the force, the challenge is even greater. In addition to the inherent security risks, cultural restrictions and potential for workplace harassment, there is a lack of dedicated facilities for women, and this makes the work of female police especially difficult. The Afghan police force currently numbers 157,000, yet only 2 per cent of these are women.

  • Productive and Fruitful Hands Oct 22, 2017

    People from Yangi Qala, Dasht Qala of Takhar and Imam Sahib district of Kunuz introduce their local products in an exhibition

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