170 Badakhshan women acquire new work, business skills
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Around 170 women completed their training in English, computer skills and food processing for small businesses in notheastern Badakhshan province, the German Cooperation with Afghanistan said on Wednesday.
With their new skills, they are now better qualified for positions in government, non-government organisations and commercial businesses, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) said in a statement.
The classes were open to all women interested in participating and gaining more knowledge of these important skills for work and their own business.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Badakhshan’s Governor Ahmad Faisal Bigzad said: “Every developed society needs the participation of women in business and governmental institutions.“
He said with more women in the workforce, their role in society, business and politics was more accepted, helping them to fulfil their responsibilities as equal members of society.
The classes were held in the Women’s Training Centre in hte provincail capital, Faizabad, and marked the first of a range of training programmes for women in various subjects.
Badakhshan’s Department of Women Affairs (DoWA) and the Provincial Governor's Office offered these courses as part of a first phase of training over 14 months.
The German government funded the classes at a total cost of over 2.7 million afghanis.
One of the participants of the food processing class spoke on behalf of fellow classmates when she explained: “We were all eager to improve our products but unfamiliar with the standard processes. Now, we are able to offer the best products available on the local market.”
The second phase of classes is set to start soon for six months and women are welcome to apply for the courses. For the second phase, food processing classes will be replaced by tailoring.
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