By: Lailuma Noori
Leaders of Afghanistan National Unity Government have promised to increase presence and part of women in structure of the government institutions by 30 percent.
The last toll released by Afghanistan National Statistic Authority in connection with presence of women within the government shows that the total number of the civil services employees working in government institutions has reached recently to 412,306 people. From among them, 75.5 percent is men, while 24.5 percent of the employees is women, meaning that the government’s pledge for increasing presence of women in government institutions by 30 percent has not been implemented.
Presence of women reached to 22.7 percent during 2018, showing only 1.8 percent increase in presence of women in 2019. If presence of women increases in government institutions as it is, at least four years are needed for the implementation of the government’s promise.
Nevertheless, a spokesperson to Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IAFCSC) Abdul Farid Ahmad by rejecting the information released by the statistics authority in connection with presence of women in government institutions said presence of women in structure of the government has increased in recent years.
The issue of presence of women in government institutions has been considered as a crucial principle soon after the republic system was established in Afghanistan as the international community has put the issue of women rights and their presence in government as one of preconditions for assisting and supporting Afghanistan.
New introduction from the role of women in society and creation legal supports for presence of women in government institutions have opened most of doors to women to have active part in social and political issues.
On the other hand, it has been stressed that steps should be taken towards covering more women population particularly in villages and remote areas of the country as they mostly suffer pressures and are more engaged in conflicts than women living in cities.
The spokesperson for IARCSC further said that the government’s pledge for increasing the presence of women in government institutions would be implemented till end of the current solar year as efforts were underway to increase their presence in decision-making level of the country.
According to the Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission, appointment process of female employees to fill key vacant posts has increased in the past six months. For example, in recent six months, 16 percent of the total number of people joining the first and second vacant posts is women, but giving no details in connection with exact number of women working in decision-making level in the country.
This comes at a time when insecurities, conservative society, discrimination against women, lack of cooperation and team work, sexual abuse in working environment and lack of continued support by high-ranking officials have caused that women face with problems in reaching the decision-making levels.