The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) has proposed a new plan regarding equal employment opportunities for women in government.
IARCSC chairman Nader Nadery on Wednesday said that the new policy will help overcome gender related discrimination in the work place.
The implementation of the policy will help to resolve the problem of discrimination and biased employment opportunities when it comes to women, he said.
“A discriminatory approach in employment opportunities particularly towards women violates the principles of effectiveness, ownership of activities and justice. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all to manage the working environment and employment procedures in a manner that helps to remove this fundamental issue in the civil service sector of the country,” added Naderi.
According to Nadery, women in the country make up an important portion of the work force and there is a need to utilize their abilities and capacities.
Meanwhile, First Lady Rula Ghani said that discrimination against women in the country is a big challenge.
“Harassment still exists in all institutions including government institutions, private firms, bazars, on the streets, this is something which does not suit the Afghan culture,” said Rula Ghani.
IARCSC officials stated that alongside the removal of discrimination against women in the work place, there is a need to remove discrimination against women in all sectors of society.
“Gender equality is an individual and social responsibility for all of us. These types of policies will ensure that we all change our ideas and change our actions,” said Tabasum Welayat Nero, head of the complaints board of the IARCSC.
Increasing women's participation policy proposes a number of recommendations regarding certain stages including pre-employment, employment and post employment. Safety in the work place, security and social security are also among the top items of the policy.
The commission said that based on the policy, the role of women in government institutions will increase to 30 percent within the next two years.
According to the commission, women make at least 22 percent of employees of government institutions in Afghanistan.