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Kabul meeting stresses women’s capacity-building

Kabul meeting stresses women’s capacity-building

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Sep 02, 2018 - 21:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Participants of a meeting on Sunday termed the existing policies regarding womeninfo-icon’s presence in government and private sectors as “ineffective” and urged Afghan-led polices in this regard.

The meeting titled “Reformation of Policies for Women in the Government” was organized by USAIDinfo-icon, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disabled (MoLSAMD) and the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC).

Spogmai Wardak, secretary planning and policy at MoWA, said that policy-making institutions should listen to problems women faced and make policies accordingly.

She said policies should not remain on paper only and should be practically implemented as well.

She called for proper policy-making, awareness, capacity-building, creation of a proper work environmentinfo-icon for women and increasing women professionals’ presence in government institutions.

Sajeya Behgam, senior advisor to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on women’s affairs, said implementation of polices provided basis for the system and the CEO office through the executive committee for women was focused on implementation of policies.

Susan Gilbert, head of the USAID Promote Project, said the program offered women an opportunity to empower themselves in area of professional vocational training.

She said around 3,500 women in Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces had received professional trainings in different fields since 2016.

She added 70 independent institutions had been told to provide vocational training to 1,692 women in a six-month training course.

She recalled last year 1,179 women completed vocational training under the Promote program and obtained their certificates. Fortunately 178 of them landed government jobs.

She said only 22 percent of Afghan government employees were women -- a small number which needs attention to be improved.

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