Women’s gains raise hopes for their future: Rula Ghani
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): First lady Rula Ghani on Sunday said recent achievements by women had raised hopes for their bright future.
The first lady was addressing a gathering marking the International Women’s Day in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
Voicing her support for the Afghan women, she said women’s gains in provinces had increased hopes for their betterment.
Rula Ghani said spouses should respect each other so their children have a good future.
Nangarhar Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi said an exclusive meeting to resolve women’s problems took place each month under his chairmanship.
“Five women hold high government positions in Nangarhar, 3,000 women are associated with handicraft industry and tens of thousands are getting education.”
Nangarhr women’s affairs director Anisa Imrani said the first lady had promised to create a fund for underprivileged women in the province.
She told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the gathering that she urged the first lady to increase women’s participation in government offices and pay attention to their education.
“The figures show an increase in violence against women. Not allowing girls to attend school and underage marriages have declined, but physical violence has increased.”
Hundreds of women from eastern provinces attended the gathering marking the women’s international day. A handicraft exhibition showcasing goods made by women was also opened on the occasion.
Rula Ghani also distributed awards to some woman activists and hoped they would continue their efforts.
In the wake of the first lady’s visit, strict security measures were put in place and traffic was not allowed in central parts of the city, creating inconvenience for residents.
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