Afghan women barely have a voice in their country, and it’s not getting any better. Women won’t be able to even enter polling stations for the election next year if the government fails to gain more female security forces. Only 2,000 of the required 12,000 female security officers have signed up to oversee body searches at polling stations, which are segregated between the sexes, according to the country’s Independent Election Commission. The government may have to train female teachers to make up for some of the shortfall. Nevertheless, it is difficult to even get Afghan women to vote in some areas—in one conservative region, only eight are signed up.
Women can’t enter polls without female security.