Afghanistan urges more women to join national army

| Updated: Jan 27, 2017 09:32 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Jan. 27 (ANI): The Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it has enforced a special salary scale and other incentives for female recruits to encourage more women to join the ranks of the Afghan National Army (ANA). MoD spokesperson Dawlat Waziri said on Thursday that more than 400 female recruits are in training at the Defence Ministry institutions currently, reports the Tolo News. "There are 5,000 positions for female recruits in the national army. We have introduced two categories of posts which are only allocated for women. In case a male officer is employed in the post, we immediately terminate his job and introduce a female officer for it," he said. According to the MoD, over 30 women are in training at the National Military Academy, 62 women at the ANA Officers Academy, 143 women at Malalai Military School and another 109 female recruits are in training in Turkey. Meanwhile, Nazifa Zaki, member of Wolesi Jirga's (Lower House of Parliament) internal security commission criticized discrimination against women in the ranks of the Afghan security forces. "Salaries and other allowances which are paid to men are not paid to women," Zaki said. According to the MoD, 1,575 out of 195,000 female soldiers are serving in the ranks of the ANA. A female soldier, Zahra Kazimi, meanwhile raised her concerns over the discriminatory approach against female recruits among security forces. (ANI)