Wednesday, 13 November 2013

For the first time in Afghanistan women wildlife rangers are employed

November 2013: In a landmark event for Afghanistan four women have been hired as park rangers in the country’s Band-e-Amir National Park.

The employment of these four women represent a significant milestone for Afghanistan’s law enforcement and women’s employment. Less than one percent of Afghanistan National Police are female, according to NATO, while The World Bank estimates that only 16 percent of Afghan women are employed in the formal economy.

“The new park rangers powerfully demonstrate that Afghan women can successfully step into professional positions where they are actively engaged in protecting Afghanistan’s wildlife and wild places,” said Anne G. Williams, Wildlife Conservation Society's Afghanistan Livelihoods and Gender Advisor.

WCS Afghanistan Country Program Director Richard Paley said: “The four new women rangers will make a great contribution to the effective management of Band-e-Amir. In helping to safeguard Afghanistan’s wildlife and natural wonders, these new employees, along with their male colleagues, can serve as role models for other equally qualified and conservation-minded men and women.”

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