For Immediate Release
Sunday, April 21, 2013
HERAT, AFGHANISTAN- Today nineteen women celebrated their graduation from the USAID Women in Government Internship Program in Heart. These women completed six-month internships at the Herat Governor’s Office, Herat University, the Directorate of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock, and the Directorate of Women’s Affairs.
The USAID Women in Government Internship Program supports the Afghan Government’s National Development Strategy goal to increase women leadership in the civic sector. Of the over 330,000 Afghan Government employees, currently less than 20 percent are female.
The Deputy Governor of Herat and representatives from Herat University, the Directorate of Women’s Affairs, the Civil Service Commission, and other government entities joined the graduating interns and USAID representatives to celebrate this milestone.
“Women are considered an integral part of the overall development process in Afghanistan,” said Herat Deputy Governor Aseel u Din Jaami.
Since initiation in 2010, the Women in Government internship program has placed over 446 women in internships with Afghan government institutions and other private and public entities in Kabul, Balkh, Herat, and Nangarhar and developed successful partnerships with a number of Afghan government ministries. To date the program has achieved an overall 65% full-time job placement rate for program graduates.
One of the recent graduates, Wahida Azizi said, “The internship program raised our capacity along with our self-confidence.”
Last updated: December 10, 2013