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
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.