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Khost: 4 key departments led by women

Khost: 4 key departments led by women

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Oct 16, 2019 - 15:22

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Four key government departments in southeastern Khost province are led by womeninfo-icon and local people are satisfied with their services.

Gender Department at the governor’s house, environmental protection department, emergency incident management and women affairs department are the entities headed by women.

Local officials believe women in many cases could better lead government organs than men.

Mahboba Saadat is one of the four women who took charge of the emergency incident management office two months ago.

She told Pajhwok Afghan News it was the first time the office was being led by a woman. She insisted women could better lead government organs than men.

“Women want to work with transparency and honesty. It’s wrong to think that women cannot lead. Women can effectively play leadership roles,” she continued.

Sharifullah, finance manager at the emergency incident management office, admitted the pace of work had improved since Saadat’s takeover.

“I was looking after both finance and administrative sections of this office earlier. I could hardly deal with both of them. After her appointment, I have able to focus on my responsibilities. Other sections of the office are also being run properly.”

Women Affairs Director Shafiqa Noorzai assured women leaders would lead their offices. “I am sure they can be authoritative leaders staying in touch with societyinfo-icon and running their offices efficiently.”

Nadia Bawari, director of the Gender Department at the governor’s house, claimed addressing many cases in a short period of time.

She demanded women be given leadership roles in other government departments as well.

“Women faced many problems in the past; they could not go to government departments, particularly the governor’s house. But these problems have been solved now.”

Hila Nadira, head of the Khost Environmentinfo-icon Protection Office, promised she would leave no stone unturned in discharging her duty in the best possible way.

“We know every plan needs action and action requires struggle. I am trying to do good work,” she said.

Local officials recalled President Ashraf Ghani, during a visit to Khost plan one and a half years ago, had promised appointing women as departmental leaders.

Governor Mohammad Halim Fedayee acknowledged women’s role in management and leadership helped reform the society.

“No society can develop if it is led exclusively by men or women. It is a fact from the perspective of the religion and humanitarianism.”

Nasibullah, a resident of Khost City, opined that individuals with a strong will power could better serve the people.

He said previously women could not visit government offices due to cultural restrictions. But now women have been appointed as office heads, females find it easier to visit the departments.

Bismillah Arman, a civil society activist, said the appointment of women as leaders of government organs was a good step. But this move did not help promote women’s rights.

He said there was need for more work to generally improve women’s livelihood. “I think these are very typical appointments. Women should be appointed to such government positions,” he remarked.

Women have a nine percent share in Khost government offices, mostly in educationinfo-icon and healthinfo-icon sectors.

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