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98pc of Paktika girls deprived of education: Official

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Amidst celebration of the International Women’s Day and the claims that more facilities had been provided for women in the country, officials in eastern Paktika province said Sunday that majority of girls were deprived of education in the province.

Khama Press quoted the provincial women’s affairs director, Bibi Hawa Khoshiwal, as saying that the government had failed to provide education opportunity to almost 98 percent of girls in the province. She termed insecurity, traditional society and a number of family problems impede Paktika girls to go to school.

The director said that most of the girls were living in remote areas of the province, where families don’t allow them to out of their houses.

Hinting at violation against women in Paktika, she said that around 21 cases of violence against women were reported in Paktika last year.

Criticizing the activities of welfare organizations in the province, she said that a number of the organizations had stopped their activities under the pretext of insecurity in Paktika. She urged the organizations to resume their projects as women and girls were in need of more opportunities and facilities in order to promote their life.

She claimed that security situation was better in Paktika thus there was no excuse for women’s rights and welfare organizations to leave their projects incomplete.

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