Concern of civil institutions, on behalf of health and education challenges for women and girls in Afghanistan
Reporter: Firdous Rasouli & Mortaza Haidary
With investing billions of dollars in health and education sector of Afghanistan, women and Girls continue to have limited access to these two phenomena and these two challenges are known as the most fundamental challenge in the Afghan community. In the recent case, civil institutions supported by the CARE organization in Kabul launched the second National Conference on Women and Girl’s Access to Educational and health Services around the country. Abdul Ahad Nawabi, in charge of the “Every voice would be count” program said: “The program is aimed at addressing the challenges of women and girls’ access to education and health services in rural areas, with the aim of empowering women in obtaining these services and also increasing the role of women participation in local decision making this program is launched.” A number of civil society activists and members of the parliament also accused the government of negligent accusations and insisted that the National Unity Government failed to provide adequate health and education for women in the country.
Humaira Saqib, civil activist and head of Afghan women’s news agency, said: “The reasons why girls are not attending schools are underage marriages, use of schools as military bases, girls poisoning, sexual harassment, and poor school infrastructure, and the Ministry of Education has failed in fulfillment of these objectives.” Meanwhile, Zakia Sangin, member of Afghanistan parliament said to media “The government should provide women with the right to access health and education services, the government is obliged to provide education to its citizens,” she said. It is the government’s responsibility to provide these facilities for Afghan citizens.
But government officials reject these claims and they insist that the government has made good progress in providing facilities for women. Nooria Nuzhat Naderi, Spokeswomen of education ministry says: “There are more than 1946 active schools in the Ministry of Education, which cost 175 million dollars, we are recruiting teachers with high privileges in the districts of Afghanistan, at the same time we are looking to fulfill the gap of empty posts for school teachers which are around 54 thousand posts all around Afghanistan.” also a member of the Public Health ministry Nayla Ghazi said This institution has had good achievements in providing health care services around 34 provinces of the country. She has claimed: “70% of health services are provided in Afghanistan and the country has better health services than neighboring countries in the region.”
The government is speaking about the achievements in providing health and education services in a time while citizens have a limited access to health services in Parwan, a nearby provinces close to the capital where women and girls, have limited access to health care and education services.