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Increasing Women’s Participation in Afghanistan’s Extractive Sector

14 Mar 2019 Wadsam Afghanistan Business News

The Afghan

Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) conducted an event themed ‘Increased

Participation of Women in the Extractive Industry’ related to International

Women’s Day. The activity brought together female entrepreneurs from the Afghan

Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) and the Afghanistan Chamber of

Industries and Mines (ACIM) to facilitate exchange and cooperation.

A particular

focus was on how to promote women’s participation in the Afghan extractive

sector. The event was supported by the Afghan-German Cooperation.

‘The role of

women in each governmental and non-governmental organisation should change from

symbolic nature into an active, qualitative, nature,” said Acting Minister of

Mines and Petroleum, Nargis Nehan.

The number of

women working in the Afghan extractive sector remains low. However, to fully

leverage its potential for Afghanistan’s sustainable economic development,

women’s labor and expertise are needed. The event was an opportunity for

participants to identify and discuss job and business opportunities for women

in the mining industries.

The Afghan

government intends for more women to work in the economy and especially in

technical jobs. However, out of 300 women currently employed by the MoMP, only

25 are technical staff with a relevant bachelor’s degree – and they do not have

any role in decision-making processes. Therefore, the MoMP is currently working

on a gender policy that shall facilitate women’s participation at the ministry.

As a step in this direction, 13 female MoMP staff received their bachelor

certificates at the event and were motivated to apply for key positions in the


“With my bachelor’s degree I

feel more confident and fully eligible to apply for higher leadership positions

at MoMP. Developing our capacities is the only way to work at positions on

decision-making level,” said one of the graduates, Ms Nooria Babakarkhail.

The program Promoting Good Governance in the

Extractive Sector in Afghanistan is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für

Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry of

Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). To fully leverage the Afghan mining

sector’s potential, the programme aims at increasing state revenues, promoting

investment and fighting corruption in the sector. The project trains

stakeholders to ensure that mining activities are carried out transparently and

according to law as well as international health and environmental standards.

Among other activities, the project has implemented 26 training courses on

topics such as mine planning, mining economics and mining supervision for more

than 380 mining inspectors and other employees at the Ministry of Mines and

Petroleum (MoMP) and provincial authorities since 2014. At the same time, the

programme has financed 13 scholarships for Afghan women to promote female

participation in the sector. The programme further supports the Afghan

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI) to promote transparency

and fight corruption.

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