2005-03-12

 

4,000 Afghan Women join vocational courses

Many men throughout Afghanistan have been rendered disabled or even killed due to fighting and can no longer work to support their families.
More than half of the population in Afghanistan is now women and many of them are widows or the head of their household. So, after a quarter of century of continuous fighting, it has become a necessity for some women to go to work to keep putting food on the table.
Many women are starting their own business by taking out loans and using their valuable skills like baking and tailoring. About 4,000 other women around the Kabul are receiving vocational and literacy training provided by the world food program [WFP] to learn skills like tailoring, making candles and soap, and preserving fruit and vegetables. The women will complete their training and could start working within a month’s time.
The WFP is currently working in Kabul and will soon move to areas throughout Afghanistan such as Jalalabad ,Kandahar ,and Mazar-e- Sharif.
The object is to bring more women into Afghan work force and help them to get off to a good start in the community.
Over the next five years the Ministry of Commerce will be working to establish programs and policies to help the women of Afghanistan and provide them with better opportunities to start businesses. The Afghan Women’s Business Association has already been established. The Ministry of Commerce will also be building centers for women in business. These centers will include training and work shops and will teach techniques for exporting products.
Many women in Afghanistan have already received assistance but many more still need help. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is working to help each and every one of its citizens to build a more safe and prosperous life.

Comments:
Take that Code Pink! President Bush has done more for the women's cause then your entire miserable group will ever do!
 
Waheed,

These are great news.

I know women suffered a lot under the Taliban regime. Afghani women have proven to the world to be tough, intelligent and beautiful :-)
 
As these women start working and start businesses, how are they accepted by people in the communities? It is probably easier in the larger cities but what about the smaller communities and villages? Are they allowed to go out and work, or are they restricted to their homes?
 
"More than half of the population in Afghanistan is now women and many of them are widows or the head of their household. So, after a quarter of century of continuous fighting, it has become a necessity for some women to go to work to keep putting food on the table."

Very interesting unintended consequences indeed! And where are the American women's rights groups on this? If it had been Slick Willie Clinton, they would be swinging from the chandeliers, but because President Bush is the one who accomplished it, they are predictably silent!

Glad to have you in the Blogosphere, Waheed! Keep up the great work!
 
Asalaamualaikum wa rahmatullah...

All you muminoon. InshaAllah everything is good and blessed in afghanistan.

I hope this place doesnt turn into another Bush fest.

Allah (swt) is the creator and sustainer.
 
Also, the president of "Overstock" dot com, a large company in the US, reported that he has a worldwide program in progress that buys items from women all over the world (1,500 in Afghanistan so far, I think he said) to sell on the net, in an effort to help them get on their feet with new businesses. Afghan women are verry industrious and creative!
 
Betsy how would you know if Afghan women are creative?
 
Betsy how would you know if Afghan women are creative?
 
sunnah, I'm aware of how creative the Afghan women are by their beautiful offerings for sale, some of which I've purchased. Not to mention those of the women of India, Nepal, etc. Check it out, it's a great site, the items make for nice gifts while supporting our fellow women all over the world. (No, I have no connection with/to that site/company)
 
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