Women face discrimination in government offices: activists
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Some female civil society activists in southeastern Khost province on Wednesday said they faced discrimination in government offices.
They expressed these views during a three-day workshop on eliminating violence against women in Khost City, the provincial capital. The workshop was organized by UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women
The workshop was participated both by men and women. Baz Safi, an organiser of the workshop, said their aim was to eliminate violence against women in the society and improve their participation in civil society, education and politics.
“Women are part of our community, they need to be aware about their rights and work together with men in civil, political and educational processes,” he said.
On the other hand, female participants of the workshop said the Afghanistan Constitution allowed women to fully participate in all processes, but regretted their constitutional rights were paid no attention.
Kamila Akbari, one of the participants, accused the government of what she said having adopted a discriminatory policy against women over the past 14 years.
She said women were denied the rights the Afghanistan Constitution had given to them.
“A less number of women working in government offices is a clear discrimination against them, only a fewer number of female workers are there in the public health, education and women departments of Khost province.”
Kamila said the government should implement various projects for improving lives and economy of women in Khost.
Nadia Bawari, another participant of the workshop, said violence against women could be eliminated when men were educated about women’s rights in Islam.
“Women face high violence, particularly in rural areas, Islamic scholars should advise people about women’s rights Islam has given to them,” she said.
She said women’s participation in the government was also important, but called for observance of Islamic teachings and Shria law.
“Islam never accepts discrimination against women, the Article 22 of the constitution also bans discrimination among citizens,” Bawari said.
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