UNAMA sees positive changes in women’s lives
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday said it had observed positive changes in women’s lives in northern provinces this year compared to the previous year.
This year’s ceremony of the Global Open Day is dedicated to women’s economic development and peace.
The gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif was held at the UNAMA office, where officials of the women’s affairs department, government functionaries, civil society activists and members of the provincial council were present.
On the sidelines of the gathering, UNAMA spokesman for northern zone, Lotfullah Bariz, told Pajhwok Afghan News although more work was needed, positive changes could be seen in the living condition of women as compared to the previous year.
“Violence against women has declined, their security is better, their presence in government department has increased and there is improvement in economic condition of women,” he said.
However, a civil society activist, Nirofar Sayar, said the changes were insufficient as women still depended on men economically. She said fathers controlled daughters until they were married and the responsibility shifted to husbands after their marriages.
Balkh Women’s Affairs Director Shehla Hadid said the Afghan government was jointly working with the international community to resolve problems women faced.
She acknowledged women still faced a lot of problems, but touted gains the gender had achieved so far.
“Women are working with the government, with the media organizations and are involved in political process,” she said.
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