When 12 girls graduated from high school, a municipality in southern Afghanistan marked the event for the first time
5 SEPTEMBER 2013 | HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN
When Lashkar Gah municipality marked the graduation of 12 girls from high school, it was a first. The ceremony demonstrated the southern Afghan city’s support for empowering women in a region that has traditionally kept them at home. It marked the success of efforts by USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) – South.
Nasima Niazi, member of parliament for Helmand province, and Lashkar Gah’s acting mayor emphasized the importance of educating women. Municipal officials at the ceremony encouraged the graduates to apply for local government jobs. Ms Niazi, who is considered a role model for women in the area, echoed this.
“I saw that the municipality can do more than provide services to the city,” one graduate said after the ceremony. “I saw that it can also provide women with job opportunities.”