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Up against odds, Logar women seek govt jobs

Up against odds, Logar women seek govt jobs

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Dec 15, 2016 - 13:10

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Primitive traditions and security problems have led to a 13 percent cut in the number of womeninfo-icon serving in different government departments in central Logar provinces.

Many women, despite having professional qualifications, could not work in government offices for security reasons, some females complained, asking the authorities to resolve their problems.

On the other hand, local officials claimed the number of women workers had increased in provincial government departments.

A civil societyinfo-icon activist, Arzo, told Pajhwok Afghan News a very limited number of women were working in government offices.“These women are either working in the women affairs department or educationinfo-icon sector.”

Negative traditions, security problems and job security are the main obstacles to women’s dismally low presence in government departments, according to Arzo.

“I have a semi-higher education degree, but my family does not allow me to work due to the absence of a proper environmentinfo-icon,” she added.

Shakiba, a resident of Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar, has studied computer and English literature, but she has no job.

“There are no vacancies in the women affairs department; we cannot work in other government departments due to absence of proper conditions,” she observed.

She added most of workers in government departments were men and it was difficult for a woman to work there.

Shaperi, hailing from the Katabkhel area of Mohammad Agha district, has degrees in administration and business from a Pakistani institute. But she complained of fewer job opportunities for women in Logar.

“I have received these degrees but, unfortunately, there is no any job opportunity for me,” she said, adding there was not a single female worker in government offices in her district.

A resident of Kolengar area of Pul-i-Alam, Lailuma, also agreed few women were working in government and private organs only in the capital of Logar.

“I am a teacher trainer and have worked for four years with the education department, but the project I was on is over and now I am jobless,” she said.

In Logar, Pajhwok interviewed 70 women who had high education but could not work in government or private offices for different reasons. They said the government should conduct public awareness programmesto create a proper environment for women workers.

A provincial council member, Abdul Wali Wakil, said there was no doubt that number of women worker in government departments was negligible.

“I know many women who are highly educated but cannot work due to security problems and unwholesome traditions in our society. Many people view women’semployment as a matter of shame,” he commented.

He criticised the government for dragging its feet on the issue over the past 14 years, asking the authorities to pay due heed to women’s appointments to government posts.

Education department spokesmanMohammad Shapoor Arabsaid 3,200 girls had graduated from schools and 603 from the teachers’ training centre in the province in the past 14 years.

He said 400 of trained girls were working in the education department. But the rest were not allowed by families and social issues to do jobs, he explained.

Women Affairs DirectorShima Zargarsaid only 500 women were working in government offices in Logar.Overall, only 13 percent of women work in offices, mostly in the departments of women affairs, education and public healthinfo-icon.

Zargar added some public awareness campaigns were ongoing in rural areas of the province to help abolish negative customs and increase the number of women workers in government offices.

Salim Saleh, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed women’s number in Logar government departments was limited.He also linked the situation to negative customs and security considerations.

But he said efforts were underway to correct the gender balance in government jobs. Around 4,000 people, including 500 women, work in government and private offices across the province.

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