60 women graduate from internship program
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of women completed six-month internships at different ministries and government departments in Kabul on Wednesday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said.
Sixty women celebrated their graduation from the USAID Women in Government Internship (WIG) Program. They are the latest group to graduate since the program was launched in February 2010.
The program supports the government’s National Development Strategy goal to increase women’s leadership in the civic sector. Of the over 330,000 government employees, currently 20 percent are female.
“Ministry of Finance is very pleased with USAID’s initiative to provide internships to women. We are witness to tangible results of women empowerment,” said Musa Kamawi, the ministry’s human resource director.
Since 2010, the WIG Program has placed over 440 women in internships with government institutions and other private and public entities in Kabul, Balkh, Herat, and Nangarhar provinces.
It has developed successful partnerships with a number of ministries. To date, the program has achieved an average of 70% full-time job placement rate for the graduates.
USAID Deputy Mission Director Jerry Bisson said: “Internships are one of the examples of Afghan-led and Afghan-managed processes that provide meaningful opportunities for young educated women to gain work experience and for the government to find dedicated workers who have the necessary skills to build Afghanistan.”
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