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Paktia: Women’s presence in public offices remains weak

Paktia: Women’s presence in public offices remains weak

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Jul 16, 2018 - 21:38

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon activists and residents of southeastern Paktia province say educated womeninfo-icon should also be given the chance to serve on high-ranking government jobs.

They said a fewer number of women are working in government departments in Paktia province. Most of the women in Paktia have been struggling with economic issues and they need special attention, the activists said. 

Zarmina Samkani, a civil society activist in Gardez city, told Pajhwok Afghan News that women were subjected to a discriminatory behavior when it came to hiring in government departments --- a major problem the gender faces.

She said women had the ability to serve on key government posts. “The provincial educationinfo-icon department’s deputy head post is among some other high posts on which women should be appointed because their presence on key posts is so weak despite the fact we have many highly educated sisters.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Nazdana Pakiwala, a lecturer at the Paktia university, called for giving women a proper work environmentinfo-icon in government organizations where they should work without any fear and discrimination.

She also urged families to allow their educated daughters to work in government organizations and serve the people.

She said whenever posts were announced women also used to apply for them, but the recruitment often took place based on relationships.

A number of other women expressed similar views.

But Southeastern Zone Administrative Reforms and Civil Service Organization’s head Ghulam Ali Joshan told Pajhwok that women only sought jobs in the women’s affairs, education and healthinfo-icon departments and refused jobs in other institutions.

He said social restrictions and the lack of female staff in some government organizations discouraged women to work there and families also did not allow their girls to work in a department where only men worked.

Provincial gender department head Muska Mangal said low salary, lack of transport and other facilities were main issues which eroded women’s interest to work in public sector department and instead prefer private institutes.

She believed women’s presence in government departments was good for other women because women could tell easily their problems to women.

About the relevant issue, the women affairs’ department director Nasrin Oryakhel confirmed women held no high level post in government departments. She said a large number of women and girls daily approached her seeking jobs.

She confirmed women applying for government jobs faced discrimination but so far no such case had been formally registered with her department.

But Abdullah Hassrat, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok that dozens of women and girls were recruited in government organizations during the past one year and efforts were underway to increase their number.

He further added the governor’s office had been trying to provide more job opportunities to women.

Currently, around 500 women have been working in the governor’s house, women’s affairs department, education department, university, public health department, provincial police headquarters, the provincial human rights department, the attorney’s office and in some other organizations.

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