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Police service has traditionally been considered a man's business, like being a firefighter. It is still not easy for women to get into the armed forces. Those who do manage to do so often face discrimination and harassment. But let's leave social issues aside for a while. Let's just see how policewomen dress around the world.
British police uniforms are considered gender neutral, with both men and women wearing helmets or hats and ties as required accessories. The British police are now stressing the importance of minimizing gender differences. In particular, in the UK they are trying to do everything so that transgender people also feel comfortable in the ranks of the police.
In front of you is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known for their ceremonial uniforms (of course, they don't wear that way every day). The uniform consists of a red jacket with gilded buttons, called Red Serge (derived from British red coats), dark blue riding trousers with a yellow stripe on the outside of the leg (blues), a wide-brimmed stetson hat, a pair of high boots made of brown leather called the High Browns and a brown leather waist belt called Sam Browne.
The working uniform is considered to be an ordinary gray shirt, a navy blue tie and trousers with a yellow stripe, as well as boots, body armor and a blue jacket.
Pakistani special forces women wear blue niqabs that cover their faces in addition to jackets and loose trousers.
Men and women in Taiwan have worn the standard uniform since 1988, consisting of navy blue trousers, a cap with a gold ribbon, a blazer, and a light gray shirt. The dress uniform is much brighter: the red tunic and wide-brimmed hat give the police a festive look.
Their female traffic controllers are considered to be a kind of "calling card" of Pyongyang. Officially, they belong to the police forces. And although it is formally prohibited to photograph them, sometimes they deliberately pose for tourists.
In 2014, a scandal broke out in the ranks of female police officers over the need to undergo "virginity tests." A human rights organization interviewed female police officers from six cities in Indonesia who were forced to take similar tests. “Failure” does not necessarily mean that a woman will not be recruited into the armed forces, but women unanimously declare that this practice is unacceptable, since it is humiliating and discriminatory.
Today, Japanese police officers hardly wear skirts as work uniforms. Much more often they can be seen in trousers, as well as reflective and waterproof jackets, which recently replaced outdated coats and overcoats. In addition, police in Japan wear a vest that protects against stab wounds.
The Thai police have about 250 thousand people in their ranks, and only a few of them are women. They mainly do office work. For the first time, Thailand decided to recruit female cadets only in 2009 - there were only 70 of them, although hundreds of applications were received.
After four years of training, which included skydiving, a jungle survival course, and more, the girls left the academy as junior lieutenants.
There is nothing special about the Icelandic policewomen's uniform: it is comfortable, non-marking and versatile for any weather. But Iceland is not that different. In the Reykjavik police force, 20% of employees are women. This is twice as much as in the United States.
The Reykjavik police also have a great Instagram account where they post photos from the life of their department.
Women entered the highest echelons of the Indian police as early as the 1980s, and the first women in the Indian police appeared in 1972. Yet their numbers in the armed forces remain small. In New Delhi, women-only squads were formed to deal with sexual harassment and rape.
The police uniform in India is varied: it differs depending on the region, rank and duties. But the basic principles are the same. Police officers wear khaki uniforms, but in some cities (such as Calcutta) they are white, like the headdress. The officers wear a uniform cap.
The Carabinieri Corps (Cuerpo de Carabineros) is Chile's national police force. For the first time, women appeared among the Chilean police in 1962.
Women make up 30% of all police officers in Israel, but there are still no women with the rank of lieutenant general.