First female prosecutor gets down to business in southwestwest Afghan province
Afghan women overlook their town. (AFP/File)
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The only female prosecutor for the appellant court of Nimroz province on Sunday formally started her work, vowing to fight violence against women.
Hasina Khairzad has received her bachelor’s degree in justice and prosecution from a private university in capital Kabul and had been serving as defense lawyer in Nimroz from the past one year.
The 32-year-old formally assumed office as prosecutor of elimination of violence against women in the appellant court. She said women were victim of various types of violence that obliged her to work as a prosecutor and stand against brutalities against the gender.
“I assure Nimroz people, particularly women, I will be in their service with all my abilities,” she said.
Farid Ghori Shirzad, head of the provincial appellant court, was happy about a woman’s appointment as a prosecutor. He said not even a single woman had been hired in the court as prosecutor since the time it was established.
“We have contacted many women having received their degrees in law and we encouraged them to come to the court, fortunately now we have a female prosecutor in elimination of violence against women,” he said.
Nimroz Governor Mohammad Sami said the country’s Constitution stressed on women’s partnership in all areas of the government, an issue he hoped would be implemented in all government offices.
“We fully trust Hasina Khairzad, she can successfully perform her duty and would closely follow violence against women cases which is a great problem of our society,” he said.
He added the government had paid special attention to increasing women’s and youth’s presence in public sector offices during the past two years.
Nimroz women’s affairs director Amina Hakimi said the number of women officers in her province was limited but hoped Khairzad’s appointment would pave the ground for more women to join government workforce.
By Muhammad Ramin
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