The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $38 million for a five-year Afghan women’s empowerment program through the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission.
On Wednesday, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the USAID and the Administrative Reforms Commission to train management and leadership for 3,000 Afghan women over the course of the five year program.
An Afghan official in the Administrative Reform Commission said those who have a bachelor’s degree can participate in this training program after passing an exam in a transparent process.
“The program aims to cover at least 3,000 women who have a bachelor’s degree or in the exceptional situations graduates of high schools, we will train them to become managers and leaders,” Head of the IARCSC Ahmad Mushahid said.
At the same time a USAID official says the program aims to help Afghan women become leaders in their fields and promote gender equality in governmental institutions.
“USAID has provided this amount of money for Afghan women to be trained through the Institute of civil services and then to be recruited in the governmental institutions,” Meena Shirzoy a USAID official stated.
The program is a part of the $216 million pledged by USAID to advance opportunities for thousands of Afghan women to help them become leaders in the political, private, and civil society sectors under Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs (“Promote”).
According to USAID the Promote program’s main goal is to strengthen Afghanistan’s development by boosting female participation in the economy, helping women gain business and management skills, supporting women’s rights groups and increasing the number of women in decision making positions within the Afghan government.
Reported by: Rafi Sediqi