When Asmat Ara joined the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police force in 1996, there was very little hope of progressing through the ranks of the force.
In an interview to Aljazeera, Asmat tells that she had always wanted to quit the police because of the lack of progress in her department. Back in the 90s, it was really hard for the women of police to gain access to training or proper accommodation. They had to fight to make their way and be treated as equals.
That’s when Asmat and the rest of the women in the police force started pushing forward and getting recognized.
Today, she now holds the rank of Deputy Superintendent in the Peshawar traffic police. Her work now revolves around training junior officers both male and female in mostly investigative skills.
Even though she is really happy with the progress in the police force, she agrees that there is still a lot of progress to be made. In Pakistan, women make only 1% of the entire police force around the country.
Watch the short video below