Afghanistan Promotes First Female Police Chief

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Change is happening in Afghanistan and Col. Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, is leading the charge. Literally.

Bayaz was recently appointed the country’s first female police chief, and she will be running the first district of Kabul.

"This is a chance not just for me, but for the women of Afghanistan," she told NBC News Wednesday. "I will not waste it. I will prove that we can handle this burden."


Let ‘em know Jamila! Her promotion represents the country’s progress but I imagine the Colonel will have her work cut out. And when sexism and archaic gender roles get you down out there in Kabul Jamila, remember Chaka Khan's words.

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Ari Schwartz: Dark Lord of the Snark

I think it bears noting that as much as the West views Afghanistan as impossibly backwards (not you, fair reader, but the West as some collective entity), Afghanistan had actually had a fair period of liberalization and modernization leading up to the 90s.

Arguably, the Afghan period of coziness with the USSR in the 60s and 70s is one of the most progressive periods in it history, and the modernization goals of Amin were particularly ambitious. That's not to excuse his policies in general, but it's not Afghanistan has never had periods of liberal thought or women in public life. Up around the time the Taliban took over, 40% of doctors were women according to some estimates.

It's good to see this continue anew, as Afghans deserve the same opportunities that they even had in the past...