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09.17.13

U.N.: Female Afghan Police Sexually Harassed

Seventy percent have personally experienced it.

Ninety percent of female police officers in Afghanistan say sexual harassment within their ranks is common, with an eye-popping 70 percent saying they have personally experienced it, according to an unpublished United Nations report. The high numbers were questioned by some in the Afghan government (men), who said they felt policewomen would be the first to report sexual harassment. The Interior Ministry officials said they are trying to improve conditions for female officers. Sexual behavior still remains a taboo subject in Afghanistan—and just 1 percent of the entire police force are women. The report surveyed 10 percent of the Afghan police force.