What will happen to the women of Afghanistan?

Will the departure of Western forces set back the struggle for women's rights in the country, asks Emily Dyer

By Emily Dyer  
An Afghan female police officer holds up a wooden mock gun during a training session at the Police Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, admitted that there were problems involving women in the police force but said the government plans to double the number of female officers from 2,200 to more than 4,000 in time for next April's presidential and provincial elections. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

The number of Afghan women training as police officers has increased significantly © AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid

An Afghan female police officer holds up a wooden mock gun during a training session at the Police Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, admitted that there were problems involving women in the police force but said the government plans to double the number of female officers from 2,200 to more than 4,000 in time for next April's presidential and provincial elections. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid) The number of Afghan women training as police officers has increased significantly © AP…

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