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Haseena Safi takes charge of information ministry

AT-KABUL: Women’s rights activist Haseena Safi officially took charge of the Ministry of Information and Culture as caretaker on Monday. A member of the High Peace Council, Safi has worked with several women advocacy organizations.

Safi was officially introduced as caretaker for MoIC by the Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Monday, said a press statement released by VP’s public outreach department.

During her introduction ceremony, VP Sarwar Danish said that assignment of Safi is a step closer to fulfill commitmentsof the government of national unity to boost women participation in leadership roles.

“Ministry of Information and Culture is the most overriding cultural organization of the government, which undertakes issues related to information and culture,” said Danish, “The Constitution has shed light on culture and subsidiary laws have been approved for cultural and media activities in its light.”

He admitted that the government of national unity has not included culture in its top agendas, and failed to implement laws pertaining to information and culture.

“Private sector has shined well in the aspect of culture and creation of arts,” he added. Pointing to aggravation of war, he said that shortage of work in fields of culture and religion were the main factor behind the challenge. He said that despite high touristic potential, the tourist aspect is fragile. He called media outlasts and freedom of speech an achievement, but termed weak management in legalization of the media a problem.

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