This Pakistani police officer is on the leading edge of a trend that could lead to a more peaceful world

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This Pakistani police officer is on the leading edge of a trend that could lead to a more peaceful world
Naqvi says women should know their value and have the guts to let other people know. She hopes when girls see her on patrol, they’ll be inspired to stand up for their rights too. Maybe even as a police officer. “A journey of the thousand miles begins with a single step, and I am that single step.”

The stench of diesel in the air. Asima Naqvi is a lone woman standing on the side of a noisy highway. She wears a stiff grey police uniform, and has a gun at her hip and rose perfume in her purse.

She is ticketing drivers for traffic violations. The perfume reminds her of who she is — one of Pakistan’s few female police officers in a man’s world. She’s doing more than enforcing the law. She’s breaking norms.