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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2005, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
My Day in Afghanistan: Policewoman
As part of the BBC News website's One Day in Afghanistan coverage on 13 September, we heard from people from all walks of life, all over the country.

Here you can read more from Nahid Mirzad, a policewoman in Kabul, who describes life as a female in uniform.

After living in Pakistan for 14 years, I returned to Kabul about 18 months ago and continued my studies at school here.

Nahid Mirzad, policewoman
Nahid in the uniform that attracted her to the job
One day they were recruiting for the police force in my school. The people were in nice suits and I liked them so decided to join.

I graduated from the police academy one year ago.

At the age of 17 I now get to wear the uniform I liked so much myself. I wear the same uniform as my male colleagues, except I wear a head scarf instead of a police hat.

I work from 0800 to 1600 assisting the head of the academy and other trainers there, earning about 2360 Afghanis ($55) a month.

Challenging work

Our police academy has some problems with accommodation and some of the classes are taught in tents.


Although I do not patrol the streets in my job, it is still dangerous because of the current security situation. It's a challenging job to do.

Apart from working with the police I also take English lessons which may help with my career.

I enjoy my job at the police academy.

There is a mixed response from the public when I go to and from work in my uniform.

People are generally enthusiastic when they see me. When some people see that I am a policewoman they cheer, but others make sarcastic remarks.

But my male colleagues are well behaved, co-operative and treat me with respect.


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