MoU on Afghan women empowerment program signed between President Ghani and USAID
President Ashraf Ghani and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Program (“Promote”) that seeks to advance opportunities for thousands of Afghan women to help them become leaders in the political, private, and civil society sectors.
Addressing the signing ceremony, President Ghani called for investment on girl’s education and said education a girl will have a trickledown effect on future generations.
He also urged USAID to assist Afghan businesswomen in finding markets for their products, including the US markets.
Promote programs will help 75,000 young Afghan women become leaders in their fields over the course of the five-year program. USAID is providing $216 million to Promote, with other donors possibly contributing an additional $200 million.
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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