‘I want to empower Afghan women’: the female prosecutor on a lonely mission / زه غواړم د افغان میرمنو پیاوړتیا وموموم: ښځینه څارنواال په یوازینۍ ماموریت کې

Zainab Fayez, the sole woman in Kandahar’s attorney-general’s office, wants others to join her in the justice sector to combat taboo and instil confidence

Zainab Fayez, female prosecutor in Kandahar, Afghanistan with permission from https://www.tolonews.com
 Zainab Fayez, female prosecutor in Kandahar, Afghanistan with permission from https://www.tolonews.com Photograph: https://www.tolonews.com

Zainab Fayez, the only woman serving as a prosecutor in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, has resolved 50 cases of abuse against women, and helped detain 21 men accused of violence against women, including police officials, over the past year. But she still longs to see other women join her in the legal profession.

“My aim is to see the next generation of Afghan women empowered,” said the 28-year-old, who has worked in Kandahar’s attorney-general’s office for the past two years. “In Kandahar, it is very hard for a woman to work alone in an office, which is predominantly occupied by male staff members and where women as workers are taboo.

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