This week, a three-day long exhibition of handicrafts made by Afghan women was showcased in Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, to celebrate the country’s 100th independence day. The handicraft exhibition was a part of several other upcoming programs focused on celebrating Afghan culture, people, and history.

Women from the capital and neighboring provinces were able to put their products on display and up for sale in their individual stalls. There were over 50 stalls in the exhibition. The exhibition included things such as handicrafts, edibles, jewelries, clothes and many other domestic items. While the exhibition proved to be a great program to celebrate Afghanistan’s independence, it was also an amazing opportunity for Afghan women.

The exhibition provided a financially independent space for Afghan women looking to support their families and uplift their communities. The expo was also aimed at finding a market for the products made by Afghan women. Spozhmai Wardak, deputy of women’s affairs minister, who attended the exhibition said that “organizing such programs are the best way to empower women in the country. Afghan women are skillful and they could become a good income source for their families.”

Historic strides have been made in recent years especially in women’s’ rights in the country. Afghan women and the society have changed significantly for the better with the emergence of female entrepreneurs, political leaders, and even nightly news anchors.

 

Media Resources: Tolo News 08/05/19, Outlook Afghanistan 06/08/19

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