At least 80 women deprived of opportunities for work and education achieved a sense of empowerment after completing a six-month handicraft training program offered by the “Shafaq” Institute in Kabul.
These women graduated on Wednesday, with officials from different government departments in Afghanistan attending the ceremony.
Yalda Shafaq Azimi, the founder of this center, aims to empower women through vocational training. She emphasizes that more than 300 girls and women learn various professions in their workshops.
Women in Afghanistan have faced significant restrictions, including a ban on education and work, under the rule of the Taliban administration once again. These restrictions have forced many to consider home-based jobs and handicrafts such as tailoring and embroidery.
According to a report published by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in mid-2023, 80% of women have lost their sources of income. The report also indicates that 69% of women suffer from depression, isolation, and feelings of humiliation.
Girls and women who have completed their training at the “Shafaq” workshop have received education in tailoring, embroidery, graphics, and weaving. Meanwhile, they urged the current administration to create jobs and employment opportunities for them.