Despite high education, Bamyan women remain jobless
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok):Educated and qualified women in central Bamyan province are jobless, failing to get a chance to demonstrate theirtalent, an official acknowledged on Thursday.
Women Affairs Director Karima Salak told Pajhwok Afghan News Bamyan women were striving to learn and thereby enhance their qualifications, but lack of work opportunities discouraged them.
Unemployment in the impoverished province is a big issue, according to the director, who said there was one vacant position in her department. When the vacancy was announced, around 200 candidates appeared for the test and interviews.
Salak added only one female was chosen from amongst 200 bachelor degree-holders.The official also referred to incidents of violence against women, saying 92 such cases were recorded last solar year. At least 19 cases of violence against women have been registered so far this year.
Zainab Khawar, a former employee of the election commission, has been searching for work for the past 18 months. But she has been unable to find a job. “I’m pained rememberingmy university days because I got educated in difficult conditions.”
She continued an educated woman could not keep herself busy doing daily chores or workingon farms. Her qualifications will literally fail to benefit her family, which struggled financing her education, if Khawar does not get a gainful job.
Mohammad Jafar, who owns a small chips-manufacturing factory, agreed unemployment was on the rise and a large number of educated females had applied for jobs in his plant.
Zainab, who did a Masters in Political Science from the Kabul University two years ago, has been looking for a job for the past two years. But due to widespread unemployment and stiff competition, she remains jobless.
“In fact, unemployment is a huge concern for the people. I could get a survey-related job for a few days and have since been unemployed.”
But Sughra Attayee, head of the Afghan Women Network (AWN), linked the problems facing Bamyan women to lack of self-confidence, gender bias and an absence of women in the decision-making process.
She claimed Bamyan women had a presence in political, military, economic, cultural and social sectors but were not being encouraged to play an active role. She lamented thousands of educated women in Bamyan were unemployed.
She warned if the current level of unemployment was not reduced, more and more women would lose their confidence and their overall role in society would weaken.
Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed unemployment was on the raise in the province. However, he explained 15 percent of government servants in the province were women.
He said provincial government was not authorised to generated jobs for everyone. Ahmadi noted the unemployment issue did not affect Bamyan alone; it was a common problem across the country.
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