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A Step Towards Increasing Afghan Woman Participation in the Labor Market

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A Step Towards Increasing Afghan Woman Participation in the Labor Market

The Ministry of Finance is partnering with The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement and expand the Women in Government Internship Program. The program provides more opportunities to women to gain experience working with Afghan Government Organizations in Kabul and in target provinces. The main goal of the program is for interns to transition into full-time jobs following successful completion of their internships. To date, the program boasts an 85% job placement rate.

On March 18, 2012, USAID and the Minister of Finance, H.E. Omar Zakhilwal, will sign a “Statement on Planned Collaboration,” formalizing the expanded partnership. The statement, which establishes up to 100 intern positions in Ministry of Finance agencies, is designed to not only strengthen the partnership between USAID and the ministry, but also to promote the concept of internships/apprenticeships in Afghanistan as a way to expand job training and employment opportunities for women throughout the public sector.

Of the over 333,000 GIRoA employees, only 18% are female. Improving women’s participation in public sector activities will have a transformational impact on reconstruction efforts and is vital to the overall development of Afghanistan. USAID’s Women in Government program strives to remove constraints on women’s potential to participate in the reconstruction process by placing recent female university graduates in six-month internships with GIRoA organizations.

HE Dr. Zakhilwal Finance Minister, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Remarks.

“We are committed to enhance the participation of graduated female workers in MoF & GIRoA  to play an important role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, and we are pleased  to Partners with USAID to Improve Female Participation in GIRoA.

“The internship program is a wonderful opportunity for the government to find dedicated workers who have the skills the government needs,” said USAID Mission Director Ken Yamashita. “We hope that this innovative gender program will be an example for other ministries to follow.”

USAID’s Women in Government program offers a unique opportunity for interns to gain exposure and work experience with Afghan government institutions and engage in the reconstruction and development process.

This formal partnership follows in the wake of the immense success of USAID’s program to build female capacity and help women to find full-time jobs following graduation from undergraduate institutions.

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