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USAID to provide $38m for women’s empowerment

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission aimed at providing $38 million for a five-year women’s empowerment program.

According to the MoU, the Administrative Reforms Commission would spend the funds on training of 3,000 women in management and leadership.

“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,” Ariana News quoted the chief of the Administrative Reforms Commission, Ahmad Mushahid, as saying.

Providing details about the women’s empowerment program, Meena Shirzoy, a USAID official, said that women would be trained in the institute of civil services. She said that once the training is over, they would be hired in different governmental organizations.

Arianan News adds: 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.

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