Kandahar, Afghanistan (April 2007)
Officer Malalai Kakar leads a special unit of policewomen in Kandahar. A mother of six children, Kakar, 41, launched the female police department in the Taliban's tumultuous hub. Initially, she worked alone, using her burqa to pass unrecognized. Today, at least 18 policewomen patrol the city, fighting crime and helping other women. In September 2008, Kakar was murdered by insurgents for her work.