The presence of women within the ranks can build trusting relationships between security forces and the communities they work in by helping make them more responsive to all parts of the community. Women bring particular skills to police forces—for instance, they can access the female half of the population that may be closed off to men in conservative cultures. Policewomen are also more likely than their male colleagues to de-escalate tensions and less likely to use excessive force. Learn more in our comprehensive “Why Women?” report »

Policing for the whole community in Afghanistan

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