KABUL, Afghanistan – The verdict is in on the Afghan National Army’s (ANA) need for female lawyers to serve within the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Office of the Judge Advocate General.
The Ministry of Defense Advisory Group (MAG) for Legal Development, consisting of coalition advisors, produced a video and a brochure May 26 to garner awareness about various jobs and positions within the legal branch of the ANA.
“The videos and the brochures will be used in law schools and actually give presentations as to what work would be like in the ANA,” said Canadian Maj. Cory Moore, legal officer with the Canadian Forces Office of the Judge Advocate General.
The importance of female lawyers was realized when females were not defended properly due to the gender discrimination that lies within the Afghan culture.
”Some investigations are sensitive from a female point of view, so if you have female legal officers that are able to witness statements from female victims,” said Moore. “It will encourage more reporting of actual crime or instances of sexual harassment.”
“When I joined the Army there were not that many females, but day by day with each ANA graduation the number of females joining the Army has increased,” said a female ANA paralegal 1st Lt. with the ANA. “This video and brochure will help progress the Army and will recruit more men and women.”
The recruiting video and brochures will be used throughout the country to enhance the ability of the ANA to properly recruit lawyers from the various law schools of Afghanistan.
“We identified a need to put together a package of materials that would enable them to recruit properly,” said Moore. “In terms of succession, planning, retirements, and rejuvenating the legal corps they need to tap into the talent pool that exists here locally in their country.”
NTM-A is a coalition of 38 troop contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014. For more information about NTM-A, visit www.ntm-a.com.
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