KPK Decides To Increase Women Representation In Police To Bridge The Gender Gap

A Pakistani female police officer watches the crowds during the Muharram procession in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar is observed around the world for ten days of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

The recent wave has initiated discussions on gender discrimination as feminism campaigns in Pakistan pick pace, becoming more fierce. Among this, what frequently is being talked about and needs to be talked about as well is the importance of women representation in LEAs, specifically police.

It is not only essential to fight the existing challenges and improve the efficiency of the police, but also it will help bridge the gender gap, provide equal opportunity ultimately leading to reduced poverty. Contrary to the fact that women make half of Pakistan’s population, their representation in police stands at 1% which is truly appalling.

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According to a report released in 2015-16, women make up 1% of police force while the quota reserved for them is 10%. To overcome this issue, KPK Police has taken an incredible initiative and has announced to increase women representation by 4x. With providing them with equal opportunities, this will help motivate more women to join the forces.

With changing the overall perception of women in the conservative society of Pakistan, more women police officials will encourage women to refer to the police with their matters. The reporting of women related issues like harassment, rape and domestic abuse etc. is usually low because women, especially from underprivileged backgrounds, feel insecure as decent interaction between the opposite gender still remains a controversial topic.

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