Daesh presence poses threat to women’s security
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Hundreds of women on Thursday attended a gathering to mark the International Women’s Day in eastern Nangarhar province, highlighting problems the gender faces in the male-dominated society.
Speaking on the occasion, Nangarhar women’s affairs director Anisa Imrani said women in rural and remote areas remained deprived of education, jobs and the violence against them could not be tamed.
She said her department had registered more than 200 cases of violence against women in Nangarhar during the solar year that ends on March 21.
The incidents painted a grim picture of the women’s situation in the province, she added. She said the ground for women’s recruitment in provincial departments had not been paved and the gender was deprived of other facilities as well.
A member of the provincial council, Humira Rafi, told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the gathering in Jalalabad that women besides other issues lacked access to job opportunities.
Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal did not talk much about women’s rights and their problems, but urged families to send their daughters to school.
He said the provincial government had made taken many steps to improve the situation of women in the province.
Sabrina Hamidi, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights head for the eastern zone, told Pajhwok that she was concerned about the security of women in the presence of the Islamic State group.
She said the Daesh affiliates had kidnapped a number of women during their attacks in the Kot district and similar concerns remained.
In a video message played at the gathering, First Lady Rula Ghani praised the bravery of Nangarhar women.
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