Publish Date: 29 June 2017
The Taliban controlled the province of Kandahar from 1994 to 2002 banning young women from going to work and denying girls and young women access to education. Since the fall of the Taliban, girls and young women have returned to school resulting in 200,000 recent and emerging high school graduates. Unfortunately, many find themselves unemployed, underemployed or employed in low-paying, low value industries.
Ms. Halima Sharifi heard about the Women in the Economy job placement and internship program in Kandahar and decided it was time to invest in her own future. She registered with the Women in the Economy Kandahar regional office who introduced her to the Directorate of Education to be considered for an internship at the Malalai Kindergarten and High School. Ms. Sharifi said, “This opportunity to work as an intern in a teaching position demonstrates my commitment to a better life.” She told others, “Whether your desire for a change stems from personal circumstances or professional aspirations, Women in the Economy can be strategic facilitators in making your next career move a success.”
As demand for a more skilled workforce and robust business development continues to grow within the Afghan economy, Women in the Economy positions qualified Afghan women like Ms. Sharifi to meet these demands. In December 2015, Women in the Economy placed 10 female interns and 11 female jobseekers in teaching positions at the Malalai Kindergarten and High School. These internships and job placement services give women the opportunity to gain work experience, prove their capabilities to employers, and secure new or better positions. The newly placed interns and jobseekers will receive on-the-job training which will include leadership, skills building, teaching methodology and management modules.
Women in the Economy is a five year program and seeks to place 25,000 young women between the ages of 18-30 in new or better jobs. The program will also improve the viability and income growth of women-owned businesses and businesses with a 10 percent or greater female workforce.