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Iran to launch first training for policewomen

May 25, 1999 TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iran will soon launch its first training for women police officers, in a move to improve employment opportunities for women in the Islamic republic, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.

It said that some 100 women cadets and 30 non-commissioned officers will begin their training in the Iranian year that starts in March, IRNA quoted Mandana Hosseini, the country's top woman police official, as saying.

She said police were also setting up five police stations staffed by women to deal with women offenders, and were carrying out research on female and juvenile crime, IRNA added.

Iran's parliament last year passed a measure allowing women to carry out most police duties, including law enforcement which had been reserved mainly for men since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iran has in recent years improved employment opportunities for women including appointments to some judgeship posts.

President Mohammad Khatami, a moderate Shiite Muslim cleric elected two years ago thanks to wide support among women and the young, has named Iran's first woman vice-president.


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