We must realise that such an accomplishment is a collective victory for gender representation and progress in Pakistan.
In a country and province where gender disparity has long been a prevalent issue, Erum Mohmand’s appointment as the first woman from the tribal district of Mohmand to join the Balochistan Police is a significant milestone in the ongoing struggle for gender representation in law enforcement in Pakistan. This achievement is not only a matter of pride for her family but also a beacon of hope for women across the nation.
Erum’s journey is deeply rooted in the sacrifice of her father, SSP Sajid Khan Mohmand, who embraced martyrdom during a terrorist attack in Chaman in 2017. This historic moment not only brings pride to her family but also signifies progress towards gender equality in traditionally male-dominated fields. Her appointment goes beyond symbolism; it represents a breakthrough for women aspiring to pursue careers in law enforcement. It challenges stereotypes and encourages more women to follow her path, breaking barriers that have hindered women’s progress in such fields. Policymakers and society must support such potentials and revamp existing male-dominated systems to accommodate aspiring females. Diversity and inclusion in law enforcement are not mere buzzwords but essential elements of effective governance and community policing. A police force that mirrors the population it serves builds trust and cooperation with citizens, ensuring safer communities and protection for the vulnerable. Erum’s journey sends a strong message of hope to those who long for opportunities in law enforcement but face gender bias.
We must realise that such an accomplishment is a collective victory for gender representation and progress in Pakistan. As we strive for a just, inclusive and prosperous society, let this moment serve as a catalyst for greater efforts in promoting women’s participation in all spheres of life.