Civil society activist Miss Palwasha Hassan Civil society activist & Director of AWEC , Miss Palwasha Hassan has urged people to take precautionary measures and not to fully relay on government resources
AWEC’s History in Paktia Province
Paktia is one of the provinces of Afghanistan where Afghan Women’s Educational Center launched projects during 2002. Since that, AWEC has implemented several projects in various districts of Paktia. These projects, mainly focusing on education, empowerment, equality, capacity building, vocational trainings, literacy, advocacy, and many other areas, focused on and targeted different groups of society. In spite of several threats and challenges, AWEC has accomplished all the projects successfully which have benefited thousands of people – especially women and children.
AWEC started its services in Paktia with launching a project named “Women Empowerment/Support and Promotion of Women in Political Process” in Ahmad Aba during 2002 which was sponsored by USAID. This project was for three years which was extended for two years more and ended in 2006. Its missions were to establish Shuras and encourage women to take parts in political processes by conducting training and working with DDA, CDC, elders and families to allow girls to school.
Moreover, the direct beneficiaries of the project were round about 1400 citizens which included: educated women, activists, students, students of vocational trainings, elders, and families. Ultimately, as a result of successful implementation and establishment of Shuras, 45% women participated in election and member of Shuras were elected in provincial council and the project received letter of appreciation in national level.
Participation of Women in Politics
Samir Khan Arranged Session on “Participation of Women in Politics” on 5th March in the Guestroom of His House in Paktia
On 5th March, Samir Khan, one of the active youth, organized a session to the youth, neighbours, civil activists, university and high school students on “Participation of Women in Politics”. It was arranged in his house’s guestroom and was supported by the Safhe Jaded Project of Afghan Women’s Educational Center in Paktia.
The session was started with the recitation of a few verses of the Holy Quran by one of the participants. After the welcome, all the participants and the trainer introduced themselves to each other. The active youth briefly talked about the AWEC, its history, activities, projects, and especially the NAP-III project. Onwards, they continued with brief initial debate on various small topics such as: what does it mean by politics? What is political participation? Participation of women in politics, the negative consequences of not participating in politics by women and the positive results of women’s active participation in politics both for themselves and society.
After a brief discussion, the active youth delivered a lecture on various topics to the participants. He defined politics, political participation, and the importance of participation. He also talked in detail about significances of equal participation of both genders in politics. Moreover, he illustrated the political participation of women from Islamic perspectives and highlighted the positive consequences of women’s political participation.
At the end of the session, the participants discussed various aspects of the topic in groups. The first group discussed the challenges and opportunities for political participation of women. Similarly, the second group discussed the consequences of the political participation of women for themselves and society. The third groups discussed ways to improve and increase the active political participation of women. And finally, the fourth group discussed the negative results of the absence of women in the political arena both for themselves and society.
Women Are Not Property, But Property Owners
On Occasion of the International Women’s Day (8th March), a One-day Youth Session Was Held in Paktia Province.
On 20 March, Afghan Women’s Educational Center arranged youth session on “Women Are Not Property, But Property Owners” on occasion on International Women’s Day celebration.The session, which was attended by civic activists, journalists, university students, the staff of different institutions, and other women, began by reciting several verses of the Holy Quran. After discussion some terms relevant to the topic, the participants were informed about the 8th March and the significance of celebrating this day.
After the initial brainstorming discussion, the participants were divided into groups to discuss the topic in a group manner and all had their share. In the first group work, all participants discussed the same topics: the adverse consequences of women’s property creation to the women themselves and society, the causes, the cultural terms that characterize women as property, ways to solve and prevent this problem; And the commitment of the group participants to tackle the problem in their homes, villages, and communities.
During the first group work, the focus was on how to prevent the ownership of women as property and protect them from being owned. After the first group work’s presentations, participants were divided into groups for the second group work to discuss how women could seek ownership of property on their own and how to utilize the opportunities to fight against the existing challenges.
The main themes of discussion in the second group work were: challenges to women’s property ownership, opportunities for women to fight against the challenges to own properties, responsibilities of influential community groups in eliminating this evil custom and make women as owners of properties, ways to overcome this problem, and group members’ personal commitment to fight against this problem.
Finally, virtually all the participants wrote down their promises to overcome this problem in the charts that each one will tackle the problem and try to get the women to own their properties.