Past govt did nothing for Khost women: Malalai
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The acting women's affairs director for southeastern Khost province on Wednesday criticised the previous government for neglecting women in almost every sphere of life.
Nothing could be done to bring about positive change in women’s lives amid unspeakable problems, Dr. Malalai Wali told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview.
She said the previous government though provided women with vocational trainings which did not yield fruitful results.
“Some projects are being implemented in the province but the schemes have no benefits rather than a negative impact on women who are caretakers of their families,” she rued.
Malalai Wali said there were projects that also had positive and lasting impact on women’s lives but in general, she said, much more needed to be done to change women’s fate for better.
“Literacy programmes, opportunity for women to study in universities, health facilities and working opportunity in public and private offices have been provided for women,” she acknowledged.
She added that facilities in academic, cultural, economic and political sectors have also had positive impact on women lives.
She was of the opinion if the government had seriously worked on women development then their situation would have been much better.
She urged the government to provide job opportunities for educated women and better education facilities for illiterate ones. “There are many women here who have lost their spouse in wars and now they are the caretakers of their families. They have a lot of economic challenges.”
The acting director said she had presented women’s affairs ministry and donor organizations with some suggestions on how to enhance the situation of Khost women.
“Construction of women’s shelter, orchards and gardens and launching of an FM radio for women are among the suggestions that she floated,” she remarked.
In remote areas where violence against women was rife, she said, they had specific public awareness programmes. “The programmes would include conducting workshops and seminars and conveying messages through local religious elders.”
She urged Ministry of Women's Affairs to take her suggestions seriously and share them with donor agencies.
She also urged men to avoid falling prey for the undesirable customs and their behavior with women should be based on teachings of Islam.
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