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We want women’s affairs director replaced: Daikundi women

We want women’s affairs director replaced: Daikundi women

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Mar 06, 2019 - 18:23

NEILI (Pajhwok): A number of womeninfo-icon and their rights activists in central Daikundi province on Wednesday criticized what they called poor performance of the provincial Women’s Affairs Department and accused the department’s head of corruption and incompetency.

They said the Women Affairs Director, Zakia Rezai, did nothing to advocate and create awareness about women rights since she was appointed to the job.

They allege the women’s affairs director only participated in educational workshops, symbolic ceremonies about March 8 and elimination of violence against women campaigns.

Sudaba Moahadi, a women’s rights activist in Daikundi, criticized Zakia Rezai and told Pajhwok Afghan News that women in the province faced with various types of violence while the Women’s Affairs Department had no plans for improving the gender’s situation.

“We will shut the Women’s Affairs Department, if the ministry concerned did not fire the current head of this office and did not bring reforms and changes,” she warned.

Despite being stable in terms of security, Daikundi was deprived of efforts at creating awareness of women’s rights, she said.

Moahadi said the Daikundi Women’s Affairs director had authorized a woman from Badakhshan province to represent her in the Afghanistaninfo-icon National Women’s Consensus for Peace held in Kabulinfo-icon on February 28.

She said Rezai introduced her relatives and friends to the program instead of women’s rights activists.

Latifa Jawadi, another women’s rights activist from Daikundi, said changing leadership of the Women’s Affairs Department was the only way to resolve problems women faced.

“Zakia Rezai has been director of Women’s Affairs Department for the last six years, but she has so far done nothing to defend women’s rights during this period, it would be better to change the leadership of this department and appoint a qualified woman to the position,” she said.

She also warned to shut the Women Affairs Department if their demand was not accepted.

Shima Mohammadi, a provincial council member of Daikundi, also complained about the poor leadership of Rezai and said, “We assessed the Women’s Affairs Department for a long time and found that it has no programs for improving the situation of women in this province.”

She said Rezai was more active in political activities than advocating for women’s rights.

Women’s situation would not improve in Daikundi if leadership of the Women’s Affairs Department was not changed, she added.

However, Zakia Rezai rejected these claims of women’s rights activists and said those behind such statements had political problems with her.

She said the Women’s Affairs Department of Daikundi was more active than any other office in the province.

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