A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. In this deeply conservative society, Afghan women can only talk to female police. But only one per cent of the Afghan National Police is female.
So although female police are vital for Afghan women to be able to report crimes and access desperately-needed justice, few women in Afghanistan will ever encounter one.
Further action is urgently needed to recruit, train, retain and protect Afghan female police officers.
This is critical for upholding the rights of Afghan women and girls and can contribute to sustainable peace and development efforts in Afghanistan.