MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Terming women’s presence in government entities as vital, President Ashraf Ghani on Friday said cases of all female prisoners would be re-assessed and those eligible would be either released or their jail terms reduced under presidential decrees.
Accompanied by First Lady Rula Ghani, the president met with a number of women’s rights activists in Mazar-i-Sharf, the capital of northern Balkh province, after arriving here with a high level delegation from Kabul on a two-day visit.
The president is visiting Balkh province to assess the security situation and inaugurate 360-bed hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif and meet with people from different walks of life.
The activists, who called on President Ghani, demanded increased presence of women in government departments, creation of jobs for women, kindergartens at workplaces and improvement in condition of female prisons.
They also shared their problems and recommendations with regard to reducing violence against women, a statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.
After listening to the activists, First Lady Rula Ghani said the effort and focus should be on strengthening capacity and skills of women in order they were able to find jobs.
She said individual business ventures and initiatives could help women bring about positive change in their economic situation.
Later, President Ghani thanked the women of Balkh for their contribution to various sectors. He said the women of Balkh were blessed with good skills which should be better utilized at proper places.
Referring to women’s participation in processing and exporting agriculture goods, the president said if a large quantity of agricultural products were processed and attention paid to their exports, it would increase the country’s exports.
Calling women’s role in public departments as vital, Ghani said directors of provincial departments, who were in office for more than five years, would be replaced and the ground paved for open completion.
The president said all dossiers of women prisoners would be reassessed and reinvestigated in order they benefit from presidential decrees.