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Above 100,000 women to be trained in IT field: Minister

Above 100,000 women to be trained in IT field: Minister

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Dec 17, 2015 - 19:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) on Thursday said it was being planned to train more than 100,000 womeninfo-icon in IT profession over the next decade.

Nasrin Oryakhil told this to a seminar “Information Technology for Women” in Kabul but said currently a small percentage of women used IT facilities.

Calling women an important part of the societyinfo-icon, she said if women were no paid attention, it meant 50 percent of the country’s population was ignored.

Oryakhil said women had no freedom to work and faced several obstacles and threats in the society.

 “Families discriminate against female members. A male member of a family uses expensive Smartphone and has access to the internet, while a girl form the same family is deprived of such facilities,” she said.

She hoped women would increase their participation in using IT and other facilities and warned economy of the country would affect if women remained undeveloped in utilizing technology.

Oryakhil added her ministry and the Ministry of Women Affairs were planning to train more than 100,000 women in IT professions.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Abdur Razaq Wahidi  on the occasion said he supported any kind of innovation improving awareness among Afghans about IT.

He said a survey by his ministry and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) had found more than 48 percent of women had direct and 32 percent indirect access to telephonic services.

Of more than four million internet users, women constituted 32 percent of them, Wahidi added.

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