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Efforts on to increase women share in govt sectors

Efforts on to increase women share in govt sectors

May 17, 2015 - 17:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan officials say womeninfo-icon’s share in government has declined by three per cent but efforts are underway for more representation of women in various sectors.

The issue was discussed at a three-day seminar: “Expanding access to gender and women's empowerment in line with the objectives of the National Action Plan for Women” here in Kabul.

According to ministry of women’s affairs, at least 10 years back there were 25 per cent of women in civil and military institutions of the government, while now the figures have dropped to 23%. Currently, 1.5 per cent employees of security organs are women, but the government plans to increase the figure to 20 per cent.

Dilbar Nazari, minister of women’s affairs while addressing the seminar, underlined the importance of women’s presence in all walks of life especially armed forces.

She added prejudice against women, violence against women in families, and illiteracy among women were main reasons for decline in their presence.

Nazari said the government had strong will and programmes to increase women’s presence in the government.

Sulaiman Kakar, security advisor at National Security Council (NSC), said women’s presence in security sector was significant. He added currently at airports, ports and borders the need for women police could be felt.

“In Afghanistaninfo-icon, based on our plans share of women in security sectors should have been 20 per cent by now. Unfortunately, this figure is 1.5 per cent which is shameful that we couldn’t raise their share,” he added.

Kakar said government was serious to increase the figures to 20% in security organs in the next four years. He added the reasons for the women’s share decline should be discussed in the seminar and they should come up with suggestions.

Sayeda Muzhgan Mustavi, deputy women’s minster, said women’s decline in government departments was a matter of concern. She added the seminar would also take up issues of women’s role in leadership, judiciary, legislature, educationinfo-icon and economy.

 The gathering’s suggestions, she said, would be submitted for president’s consideration.


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