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Nov 22, 2016
Bamyan women complain about lack of jobs

Nov 22, 2016 - 19:43
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Women in central Bamyan province say they are interested and have the ability to work, but there are no jobs for them so they use their skills.
Though women’s affairs have improved in Bamyan over the past 15 years, but some problems facing women remain.
Poverty, working as farmers, lack of access to healthcare services and joblessness are main problems of the women in the central province.
Fatima, a housewife whose husband is a soldier, told Pajhwok Afghan News she daily worked hard to earn 150 afghanis per day to buy firewood to keep her home warm during winter.
“I work in a potato farm and collect potatoes and receive 150 afghanis in return every day,” she added.
“My husband’s salary cannot meet our family needs, the house rent, other expenses of my children, all these have obliged me to work,” she said.
Basma, 45, another woman, said she earned 200 afghanis every day by peeling woods in a wood selling market.
Many other women also work in the market but such opportunities are not permanent or long term, she said.
“Labor work is hard for women, they should work in tailoring, sewing, weaving, offices and sales, but these opportunities are unavailable so we must work in labor to earn something,” Basma added.
Businesswomen in Bamyan also complain about their jobs and ask the government to provide them job opportunities.
Zahra Lali, who owns a handicrafts shop in Bamyan City, said her business was very weak and her products were rarely sold.
The number of foreign tourists traveling to Bamyan has declined and the increased insecurity on the Kabul-Bamyan highway has negatively impacted handicrafts sales, she said.
Lali asked the government to pay attention to women’s problems in Bamyan.
A number of educated girls and women in Bamyan also complained about unemployment.
Marzia, a resident of the provincial capital, has received bachelor’s degree in agriculture, but said he she was rejected whenever she applied for a job in government or non-governmental offices.
“When a scale 5 or 6 job is announced, hundreds of people apply for it due to the absence of jobs,” she said.
Some women, not satisfied with employment process in the government offices, say the employment process has not been transparent.
Suraya, a woman who has applied several times for many low scale positions, said she had been repeatedly rejected. She said only those were hired who had connections with ministers or their representatives.
However, Abbas Jafari, the provincial human resources director and a member of the employment committee of Bamyan, said government jobs were given to those who took part in competitive exam under supervision of eight organs that did not allow anyone to violate transparency.
On the other hand, Karima Salik, Bamyan Women’s Affairs Director, said only educated people were given government positions and thousands of women who were deprived of education faced problems in finding jobs.
“When a scale 5 or 6 job is announced, in addition to men, around 300 women also apply, but only one person among them is hired,” she said, adding the number of uneducated women or housewives were higher than educated women in Bamyan.
She said hundreds of women were busy in agriculture activities and labor works which did not suit women.
Calling violence against women another problem, Salik said 89 cases of violence against women were registered in the first nine months of the current year in Bamyan.
The cases included beating, divorces and underage marriages, she said. She said women who ran small businesses were also in trouble to negative traditions.
Abdul Sammad Rahimi, a culturist, said poverty and joblessness would not reduce if the government launched effective plans for generating jobs.

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