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‘US committed to empowering Afghan women’

‘US committed to empowering Afghan women’

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Sep 24, 2018 - 20:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The empowerment and capacity building of womeninfo-icon was stressed upon and the issue of more gender-based academic investigation raised during a debate held in Kabul on Monday.

The debate was organized by the women wing of American University of Afghanistaninfo-icon (AUA) on “gender above the limits” in cooperation with Kabul, Kardan, Ibni Sena, Kateb, Gawhar Shad universities, the Afghanistan Higher Educationinfo-icon Institute and the Afghanistan Public Policy and Research Institute.

AUA Chancellor Kenneth Holland said it was the first-ever academic symposium discussing gender from different angles.

“We all are working hard to empower women in different spheres because women comprise half of the societyinfo-icon,” he said.

Holland added the US was committed to supporting Afghan women’s empowerment, creating jobs and business opportunities for them besides other support.

He said academic programs on women’s empowerment provided a platform for professionals, experts, analysts and policymakers to do further research on gender.

Noor Jahan Mawani, ambassador of the Agha Khan Development Network, said: “Today, more than ever before, we are witnessing influential and positive work towards the inclusion of women and importance of having women voices at all tables in Afghanistan. Much of this instrumental work is taking place due to the strong support and championing of the NUG Government.”

       The Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program (CCNPP) was officially launched by the President of Afghanistan in September 2016 and is one of the key national priority programs of the National Unity Government (NUG) aiming to reduce poverty, improve socio-economic conditions for communities and migrationinfo-icon of young people (*prevent brain-drain).

       Nevertheless, there is still much work to be done when it comes to women’s inclusion such as the rural/urban divide, socioeconomic divides, and rising levels of poverty which disproportionately affect women and girls in greater numbers. 

       In a fundamental shift of consciousness within the international development framework, women and girls are finally viewed as propellers of progress, rather than as impediments to growth.

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