‘A win­ing story for the govt’

The Timaru Herald - - WORLD -

Afghanistan has ap­pointed its first woman to a se­nior post at the In­te­rior Min­istry, nam­ing Hosna Jalil as deputy for pol­icy and strate­gic af­fairs.

Fol­low­ing her ap­point­ment cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day, Jalil said she rel­ished the chal­lenges of the job.

Afghan women have forged ahead since the 2001 col­lapse of the Tal­iban regime, which de­nied girls the right to go to school and women the right to work.

With their rights guar­an­teed un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, they have be­come law­mak­ers and joined the work­force.

Jalil says her ap­point­ment sends a mes­sage to the rad­i­cal re­li­gious move­ment that ‘‘this is a win­ning story for the gov­ern­ment of Afghanistan ... hav­ing a woman in the se­cu­rity sec­tor.’’

She added: ‘‘I think it de­liv­ers a mes­sage, the en­tire mes­sage.’’

–AP

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