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USAID recognizes 10 Afghan women for ‘Champion Awards’

USAID recognizes 10 Afghan women for ‘Champion Awards’

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Oct 29, 2018 - 20:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Ten ‘champions of womeninfo-icon’s empowerment’ in Afghanistaninfo-icon received awards on Monday from the USAIDinfo-icon)-funded Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project, a statement said

The ten included five from the public sector and five representing the private sector from among 150 nominations, USAID said in a statement. The awardees work for or with the Government of Afghanistan in Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Kandahar, and Nangarhar to promote gender equality.

Launched in August 2018, the Champion Awards recognize Afghans who distinctly contribute to women’s empowerment and social inclusion, but rarely receive national or international recognition for their efforts.

A committee comprised of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, the Office of the Chief Executive, USAID partners, and civil societyinfo-icon groups selected the winners.

One of the champions for women in the public sector, Whahida Azizi said: “Receiving this award is a big responsibility but this gives me the motivation to step up my efforts in supporting women.”

WIG has also now formally handed over the program to MOWA to continue the advocacy Champion Awards on an annual basis.

MOWA Deputy Minister Spoghmai Wardak said: “To shift the mindset, we have to work from the top down. We [at MOWA] are doing our best to secure the position of women, but we must do better in implementation.”

The awardees will receive prizes from Roshan and the Promote: Musharikat project. From executive leadership trainings, to in-kind donations, the Advocacy Champion Awards will give advocates of women’s empowerment the tools that they need to continue working for gender equality across Afghanistan.

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