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Jawzjan women put on display handicrafts after training

Jawzjan women put on display handicrafts after training

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Jul 20, 2017 - 21:52

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Women, who underwent a 10-month training course, on Thursday showcased their handicrafts at an exhibition in Shiberghan, the capital of northern Jawzjan province, on Thursday.

The exhibition was organized by the Afghanistan Civil Society Forum (ACSF) organization for craftswomen coming from poor families.

These women have completed a 10-month training program before showcasing their products at today’s exhibition.

Sayed Rasoul Sadat, ACSF head, said the training program, aimed at empowering poor women, had long been ongoing and it included literacy, painting, tailoring and marketing.

After attending the program, he said, women could make handicrafts, paintings and introduce local culture and improve their economic situation.

Sadat said today’s exhibition was part efforts at promoting women’s artistic activities. “We want people know about these women’s work and enable them to continue their role in handicrafts production and improve their economy,” he added.

One of the trained women, Shagofa Arwin, said: “This program is important because it helps women improve self-reliance.”

Another woman, Benafsha, said the program helped women learn reading and writing which played a role in improving their handicrafts-making as well. She said they had put on display products to find market for them.

However, Jawzjan women’s affairs director Najiba Quraishi criticized the organizers of the program and said women should be imparted education that could help them in future.

“The subjects taught to women in this program do not relate to their social life, the training they receive about handicrafts also cannot help them to improve their families’ economic situation,” she said.

She added that women’s problems should have been surveyed first before launching such a program for them.

The day-long exhibition in Shiberghan that kicked off at 9am was visited by hundreds of people until evening.

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