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No handicrafts market: Ghor women avoid vocational courses

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No handicrafts market: Ghor women avoid vocational courses

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Jun 16, 2019 - 17:15

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): A number of womeninfo-icon in Firozkoh, the capital of western Ghorinfo-icon province, complain about lack of market for their handicrafts, saying no attention to the issue has eroded women’s interest to attend vocational programs.

Ghor women say they have great achievements in handicrafts but lack of market for their products has confronted them with problems.

Tajor Azizi, who has been attending an embroidery course provided by the Labor and Social Affairs Department over the last three months, said she was not hopeful about her future and might not help her family economically.

“I am working in embroidery section over the last three months and I have developed the skill, but I know I will be jobless after my graduation because there is no market where I will be able to sell my products,” she said.

Sahar, a trainer at the program, confirmed women evinced little interest in such vocational courses due to lack of market for their handicrafts.

“I personally make dozens of handicrafts, I keep them in my home because there is no market for selling them, this situation has forced women to avoid vocational courses,” she said.

Ghor women have asked the government and women’s support organizations to help them address their problems.

Meanwhile, women’s rights supporting organizations in Ghor expressed concern over poor economic situation and lack of market for women’s handicrafts in the province and said remoteness of areas, impassable routes, lack of income source and government’s negligence were among women’s huge problems.

Farida Naseri, in charge of women’s affairs in the Ghor Human Rights Commission, also said outdated traditions, lack of women’s access to work, market, low literacy and government’s inattention to establish market for women’s handicrafts were reasons that women faced more problems.

On the other hand, Fazalulhaq Wahid, director of Labor and Social Affairs department, confirmed women’s problems in the province and said his department was providing educational training to dozens of women annually.

However, he said the number of women attendees of such programs had lately decreased due to lack of market for their products.

He said he had discussed creating jobs for women and market for women’s handicrafts with a number of relevant organs.

Wahid said currently 210 men and women trainees were busy learning skills in tailoring, embroidery, gold-work, electricity, mobile phone repair and other areas in Firozkoh, Dawlatyar and Tolak districts of the province.

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