This Pakistani Police Officer is on the Leading Edge of a Trend That Could Lead to a More Peaceful World
The stench of diesel is in the air. Asima Naqvi is standing on the side of a noisy highway in Pakistan, one of the few women on the road. She wears a stiff grey police uniform and avaitor sunglasses as she writes a ticket for a traffic violation.
Back in her patrol car, she has perfume spray in her purse for when the roadside smells grow overpowering. The feminine touch is a reminder that she is one of Pakistan’s few female police officers in a man’s world.
Women police officers are better at building trust with local populations, decreasing human rights abuses and de-escalating tensions, according to Allison Peters, from the Washington-based advocacy group, Institute for Inclusive Security, a group that has actively lobbied for the funding.
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