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Khostis demand waiting places for women

Khostis demand waiting places for women

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Jul 22, 2017 - 18:44

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Civil society activists and residents have asked the municipality and other officials to build proper waiting places for women in southeastern Khost province.

Except in hospitals, there are facilities like waiting rooms for women in Khost where women wait on roadsides for their relatives to arrive.

Najila, a resident, told Pajhwok Afghan News the lack of waiting rooms for women at bus stops was a serious issue.

“Women sit on roadsides or footways, it doesn’t look good, the government should make special areas for waiting women,” she said.

Shafiullah, a resident of Yaqobi district, said women traveling from remote areas to cities faced many problems and had to wait for hours on footways. He asked the municipality and private investors to help resolve the problem.

“Women when sit on footways do not look decent. They sit on roadsides even when it is raining, wind and hot weather, we ask the government to solve this problem,” he said.

A special park for women has been established south of Khost city, the provincial capital, but local residents say it is not accessible by all women and is used most of the times by men.

Zahra Jalal, a provincial council member, said she had tried to make a park exclusive for women as only one park was not enough.

She suggested the government should build special parks for women in different parts of the city.

“We want more parks for women. There is also need for small and protected waiting areas for women in all parts of the city so women can feel safe while waiting,” she said.

Khost municipality officials admitted to doing not enough to facilitate women but said they have plans to resolve such problems as soon as possible.

Lemar Niazai, head of social and cultural affairs at Khost municipality, said besides repairing the existed women’s park, they also had the plan to make more uch areas for women.

“We have the plan to allocate some budget for building waiting parks for women in parts of the city, we also plan to repair the existing women’s park,” he said.

Municipality officials said they sometimes found themselves in trouble to build facilities for city residents because the municipality owned land was limited.

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