Afghan police women discuss ways to mitigate civilian casualties

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BAMYAN, 26 April 2015 – Afghan police women met in Bamyan at a United Nations workshop to discuss the practical implementation of key UN resolutions on women’s rights and the protection of civilians.

The recent Protection of Civilians report released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicated that 2014 was the deadliest year yet for Afghan civilians, with more than 10,000 casualties recorded.

In addition to discussing methods to reduce civilian casualties, the police women focused on developing ways to encourage other women to join Afghanistan’s security forces in the interest of eliminating violence against women.

As part of the discussion, the UNAMA Human Rights officials who organized the workshop in Bamyan outlined UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and described the pivotal role women continue to play resolving conflict and sustaining peace.

UNAMA is mandated to support the Afghan Government and relevant international and local non-governmental organizations to assist in the full implementation of the fundamental freedoms and human rights provisions of the Afghan Constitution and international treaties to which Afghanistan is a State party, in particular those regarding the full enjoyment by women of their human rights.