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First-ever women’s library opens in Ghazni

First-ever women’s library opens in Ghazni

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May 22, 2012 - 18:54

GHAZNI CITY (PANinfo-icon): A new-established library for woman, the first of its kind, was inaugurated in southern Ghazni province on Tuesday, an official said.

Womeninfo-icon Affairs Director Shkuria Wali told the inaugural ceremony the library had eight rooms and cost six million afghanis ($119,570), provided by the Ministry of Women's Affairs.

"I request women to come to this library and increase their knowledge," she said, adding that currently 200 books on different topic were available and more would be provided soon. “It is important to encourage women in Ghazni to focus on reading and educationinfo-icon.”

Governor Mohammad Musa Khan Akbarzada, happy with the inauguration of the library, said women could play a key role in the country’s development and promoting peace. “This is possible when we have a high literacy rate among them.”

But some women expressed concerns that the library had been established in a volatile area. “Women can’t go to the library because of insecurity,” Farzana, a resident, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"The library has been set up in Ali Lala area, where the security situation is not good," she said, urging the government to set up a check-post to ensure the protection of visitors.

Females avoid visiting a women’s park constructed five years ago east of Ghazni City because of security concerns.

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