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Working Daikundi mothers struggling to parent

Working Daikundi mothers struggling to parent

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Dec 13, 2017 - 17:27

NEILI (Pajhwok): A satisfactory number of womeninfo-icon work in government offices both civil and military in central Daikundi province despite the lack of kindergartens, separate dressing rooms and toilets.

Of the total 1,850 government employees in Daikundi, 206 are women who account for 11 percent of total employees, according to the statistics from the local Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC).

In addition, women have occupied 1,342 teacher posts of the total 3,243 posts while 55 women discharge duties in security forces ranks in Daikundi.

The Educationinfo-icon Department, Police Headquarters, Customs Office, Agricultureinfo-icon Department, Prison and the Work and Social Affairs Departments are among state institution where more women have been employed.

Sawdaba Mohadi, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, termed the growing number of women in state institutions in Daikundi a reality and said women’s role was vital for economic and social need of society and families.

She hailed women’s presence in state institutions and demanded more, but said working women faced multiple issues such as the lack of kindergartens, separate rooms for changing clothes and lunch, inadequate facilities and equipment at offices. 

Women’s Affairs Director Zakia Rezae termed the presence of women in state institutions as satisfactory and added more than 11 percent of government employees were women according to their information.

She acknowledged women faced certain problems at workplace and said her department in coordination with other government institutions was working to safeguard women’s rights.

A female government employee, who wished to go unnamed, said there was no proper place in their office where she could breastfeed her infant. She said whenever she brought her child to the office, she was faced with disgrace from male colleagues.

She added the situation had recently become more difficult for women employees and they were not allowed to bring their children to office and as a result, they working mothers always feared losing job.

Other female workers complained about non availability of separate rooms for lunch, changing clothes and healthinfo-icon facilities and accused the government of negligence.

Ghulam Hussain Hussainzada, acting head of the Work, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled Department, said only one kindergarten existed in the province with the capacity for only 50 children.

“No kindergarten exists in any government institution and the solo facility is not enough for children of the working women.”

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