Kabul University on Saturday launched its first-ever master’s programme in Gender and Women’s Studies to create a platform for training future advocates of gender equality, generate research on gender, violence against women and underprivileged groups, and raise awareness about men’s and women’s social responsibilities.
The two-year programme will teach a comprehensive curriculum covering key areas that relate to gender equality and women’s rights, such as legal protections and the role of women in poverty reduction, conflict resolution, civil society engagement and politics.
In the scope of this program, career specialists would be trained to decrease Afghanistan’s reliance on foreign experts and aid the continuing emergence of women as decision makers, leaders of civil society movements, journalists and entrepreneurs.
The programme has been designed with UNDP Afghanistan’s technical guidance and financial support from the Republic of Korea.
“After years of joint work with the Afghan Government and international partners such as the Republic of Korea to promote gender equality, today we celebrate a milestone with the opening of this master’s programme,” said UNDP Country Director, Douglas Keh, during the inaugural ceremony.
“I am proud that Afghanistan is taking a major step toward institutionalizing gender studies at Kabul University,” said Kang Daesung, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. “I hope that graduates of this programme will greatly contribute to ensuring justice and equality for all Afghan people and empowering women in social, political and economic spheres.”
Minister of Higher Education thanked UNDP for technical guidance and Republic of Korea for financially supporting the program. Farida Momand said that this programme will serve as a model for other universities in Afghanistan.
“Today we witness a historic moment at Kabul University as we open a gender and women’s studies programme here with support from UNDP Afghanistan and the Republic of Korea,” Farida Momand said. “This programme will serve as a model that universities throughout the country can replicate it in the future.”