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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Unemployment has been changed into a lasting pain, as the youth are in dire need of jobs in Afghanistan a process that takes long to achieve.
The findings show that implications of high unemployment in Afghanistan are destructive for its economy and domestic security.
Unfortunately, lack of jobs in the country has led thousands of young Afghan men migrating to the neighboring countries.  It has also led people to grow opium poppy, and others are encouraged to join the Taliban extremist groups.
Likewise, it has surely positive effects on the rise of violence and economic instability in Afghanistan.  In fact, the unstable labor market and deteriorating security situation in the country have also set barriers for the government to decrease the unemployment rate.
Unemployment can negatively affect the people and it can also leave tremendously powerful scars on a person’s psyche.
Likewise, it can leave some individuals with feelings and worthlessness, lack of motivation, feelings of embarrassment, greater level of anxiety, hopelessness and increased levels of stress.
Companies usually hire people who already have jobs as people with jobs usually socialize in similar places and word of mouth and referrals increase their chances of getting new jobs.
This really adds to the disappointment of unemployed people.
Crime rates rise as people are unable to meet their needs and divorce rates often rise because people cannot solve their financial problems.
In some cases, because of the unemployment, the youth delay their marriage age which is also a prominent social problem.
Increasing unemployment would help insecurity to further be extended across the country, and vice versa, security and stability would help economy get developed and job opportunities be provided for the citizens.
Unfortunately, still the government has no specific plan to get rid of this challenge.
Therefore, the government should be serious toward unemployment in the country and try to improve the agricultural and industrial activities as well as appoint those working hard for the development of the country, which would help decrease the rate of unemployment in the country. 
Furthermore, the government has to make doing business easy, support the private sector, ensure security, fight corruption and remove the barriers for private sector to deliver real value and change.

Social Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:55:38 +0000
Workshop Titled ‘Responsive Budget To Gender’ Held‘responsive-budget-to-gender’-held.html‘responsive-budget-to-gender’-held.html Workshop Titled ‘Responsive Budget To Gender’ Held

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) 7th term of gender workshop titled ‘responsive budget to gender’ was held the other day by directorate of gender for MoIC with technical and financial cooperation of women affairs ministry and GSSP.
In the workshop held with participation of a number of employees of the ministry, director of the ministry’s gender Mahbooba Sadat spoke related to aim of the workshop and said, “Gender department of the ministry of information and culture has held various workshops and this time the workshop aims to discuss responsive budget.”
Sadat stressed that the respective department wanted to aware women on peace, security, economy and budget, adding that lack of a number of directorates have caused that some gender programs could not be implemented.
Meanwhile, expert trainer of the women affairs ministry, Salahuddin Faizi praised that holding such programs and workshops was effective for women and men in government institutions.
Rokhshana, a participant in the workshop considered holding such programs related to gender issues as effective for awareness of government employees.

Social Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:54:40 +0000
300 Returned Families Receive Foodstuffs 300 Returned Families Receive Foodstuffs

Saturday January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to 300 returned families from Pakistan in eastern Laghman province.
A source of refugees and repatriation department in Laghman told BNA correspondent, the distributed foodstuffs assisted by World Food Program (WFP) for the returned families in the province.
In this round each returned family have received 3 months foodstuffs, the source added.
The assistances will be continued for returned and destitute families of Laghman province.

Social Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:45:56 +0000
Cash and Foodstuffs Distributed to Returned & Destitute Families

Friday January 20, 2017
Jalalabad City (BNA) Cash and foodstuffs have been distributed to 200 destitute and returned families from Pakistan in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ghulam Haidar Faqirzay head of refugees and repatriation department of Nangarhar told BNA, in this round AFG 16,000 and foodstuffs have distributed to the mentioned families.
Further assistances will be distributed to needy and returned families from Pakistan in near future in the province, Faqirzay added.

Social Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:58:26 +0000
Ensuring Peace, Stability Afghans Desire

Friday January 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Officials of the government of Afghanistan support any move leading to ensuring peace in the country, stressing that the negotiation process should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in his recent remarks said, ‘restoring lasting peace in the country is our fundamental and national obligation.’ The president pointed out that peace will not be ensured unless Ulama, jihadi figures and tribal elders cooperate, adding we should restore lasting peace throughout the country. Any Afghan who has political difference should solve it through negotiation, the president said, adding the problems can be solved through negotiation not war.
At the same time, a number of political experts and lawmakers told that any move on restoring peace will go in vein unless the warring sides willing to talk. They added if the government of Afghanistan and other political parties host peace negotiations, there is no doubt it will follow positive outcomes, because, the Afghans know that they can overcome all challenges with unity.
Zubair Shafiqi, a political expert said, ‘there is no doubt that Afghans are in dire need of peace and they warmly welcome any move resulting in ensuring peace in the country.’ Therefore, to get rid of current crises, the people should join hands so an enduring peace is prevailed in the country, he added. Akram Andishmand, another political expert believes that this is a clear fact that the neighboring countries play imperative role in ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan. The experts believe that the neighboring countries, particularly, Pakistan honestly cooperate with Afghanistan in peace process, there is no doubt that a lasting peace will be ensured.
But unfortunately, what has concerned the Afghan people is lack of an honest commitment against our country, they added. In fact, Pakistan has never honestly cooperated with Afghanistan in ensuring peace and stability and has always supported the terrorist groups. Lower house of the parliament said, ‘as long as the neighboring and regional countries, particularly Pakistan doesn’t honestly cooperate with Afghanistan, peace will never be restored in Afghanistan.’  Ahmad Fawad, a Kabul resident said that Afghanistan was among the countries, where has been making sacrifices in war on terror for more than three decades, but still this war is being continued. Thus, the neighboring countries should stay alongside our country, because, ensuring peace in Afghanistan can considerably affect region and the world.  This is while that much has been done to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan, but still the people hope peace negotiations with armed oppositions to be an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process so to follow positive results.

Social Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:57:48 +0000
NUG Should Seek Ways To Prevent Disloyalty To Women

Friday January 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is among the countries in which plenty of violence against women can been seen. Beating of women in families, compulsory marriages, not supporting, prevention of going to school or social activities, usurpation of properties, escaping from home, self-immolation, raping etc. are the most common cases of violence against women. The Afghan women are posed to violence in all parts of Afghanistan not only in remote areas where the awareness level of women on their basic rights are fading. There are many violations of their humanitarian rights. Experts believe that violence can affect hundreds of thousands of women in our country with psychological diseases and mental depressions. In Afghanistan, many cases of violence against women and even women murder remain unpunished. Self-immolations have been increasing and violence is main reason behind. Violence against women is a phenomenon that can be seen in different societies both rich and poor, developed and less-developed and even in democracies in which full rule of law has been established.
International efforts for prevention of violence against women calumniated that UNGA make official step and issue the universal declaration on prohibition of violence against women. Based on 3rd and 4th articles of this declaration, women are equally allowed to have all humanitarian and basic freedoms in socio, economic, political, cultural and civil fields.  These rights including the right of living, equal wages, private freedom and security, freedom from discrimination, fair access to justice. The governments should strongly condemn violence against women and prevent implementation of religious traditions or political considerations. That could result in limitation of women rights.
In today’s Afghanistan women always suffering of increasing violence and every day dozens of women are victimized by diverse violence’s against the principles of holy religion of Islam, Afghanistan constitution and international conventions to which Afghanistan has already joined. Local legal and judicial organs and international bodies should seriously fight in the direction of elimination of violence against women and for implementation of UN resolution 104/48. Drug addiction, illiteracy, low level of public awareness, unawareness on Islamic and humanitarian women rights, unacceptable social traditions weakness of rule of law are among reasons behind increasing violence against women. Powerful people and irresponsible armed men and war lords impose most violence against women and continuation of this process is concerning. Removal of violence against women depends upon collective efforts of the MoWA, MoE, MoHE, Afghanistan religious scholars. A firm effort should take place against this nasty phenomenon. The role of media is very important in this process to provide information on removal of violence against women with exclusive programs, holding of round table, hard talks, drama and short films reflecting violence against women. All these measures should changes the public mentality on violence against. Holding of workshops, seminars, awareness giving programs for men and women. All people should be invited to take active part in this process. During the presidential election campaigns, the president had talked on serious war on violence. The president said they would be Afghan administration led by me would strongly react against even slightly violence against women. The Afghan governments should seek such a strategy in the direction of reduction of this phenomenon so prevent further disloyalty to women.
Lailuma Noori

Social Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:57:08 +0000
NSP Projects Put Into Exploitation In Maidan-Wardak NSP Projects Put Into Exploitation In Maidan-Wardak

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Maidan-Shaher (BNA) 265 National Solidarity Projects (NSP) were put into exploitation by rural rehabilitation and development department of Maidan-Wardk province in the current year.
Spokesman for Maidan-Wardak governor told BNA reporter, the projects were implemented in various districts of the province and 18,000 families were benefited from facilities of the projects.
He said, the projects includes canals, deep wells and other services have been executed at the cost of 179/5 million Afghanis.
The projects were implemented by rural rehabilitation and development of Maidan-Wardak department. 

Social Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:39:23 +0000
Violence Against Women Takes Another Victim In Sar-E-Pul Violence Against Women Takes Another Victim In Sar-E-Pul

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Reports freshly leaked a 19 year-old-girl extreme step to hang herself to death, with the main reason behind forced-marriage by her father in northern province of Sar-e-Pul.
The girl, Gul Rukh has committed suicide by hanging herself to death to avoid forced marriage and family violence in Archato village of Sancharak district of the province, according to provincial governor spokesman, Zabihullah Amani. Father of the girl, Niaz Murad had been arrested by police, said Amani quoting the girl’s mother as saying her father wanted to forcibly marry her to a man.
Confirming the shocking incident, women’s affairs director Nasima Arezo said cultural restrictions did not allow the youth to make decisions about their lives.
“Youths are not allowed to make decision for their marriage or their future,” said Arezo who added this is why the girl took such extreme step.”
A women activist Shafiqa Habibi said that this was a heinous act to forcedly marry a girl to a man—even the young one against her favor, under what she blamed a vicious culture and awful tradition.
She asked for bringing those involved in the incident to justice and punished to be a lesson to others.
“In many parts of Afghanistan, she said girls are vended against a small amount of money, rather to proceed to the Islamic teachings, which allows the youth – both boys and girls to get married on their own decisions.”
She further said that women and girls are used as tools to help men reach their targets. “They are not aware of the Islamic teachings and civil rules.”
She condemned forced-marriage against all religious teachings and Afghan culture and asked the organs concerned to step up in this field to help reduce violence against women and girls and demanded the religious scholars to publicize violence against women and girls in their daily speeches of Friday prayers and other meetings held with their membership.
Elsewhere in Faryab province, northwestern Afghanistan, a girl of 16-year-old has been killed, after being brutally assaulted sexually. The incident took place in Bal Charagh district of the province, where police spokesman, Abdul Karim Yurosh said that Hafiza 16 was first raped by unknown assailants before being strangled to death with her shawl.
The victim’s mother, screaming and yelling, accused her neighbors Ali Mohammad and Ibrahim of raping and killing her daughter.
She said her daughter had gone to the cowshed to feed sheep and cows. The girl was subjected to sexual assault by the two men, the woman added.
“It got late but she did not come back. We searched the house of our neighbors. Ali’s mother told me to search her in the cowshed, where we found her body.”
She said Ibrahim had been arrested while Ali managed to flee. She asked the government to hand the accused over to her family, which would burn them alive.
Kabul citizens harshly reacted against the incident aired by media, with Mrs. Parwin calling violence against women to have been with direct link to unawareness of men from the women rights and that in order to prevent it, there was a need for promotion of the women rights all over the country’s provinces.
Another woman, Sumayya Noori blamed the government for failure to bring those involved in violence against women to justice.
Culture of immunity to gather with insecurity could be called the main reasons of increase in the cases of violence against women.
Shukria Kohistani

Social Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:29:29 +0000
220 Returned And War-Torn Families Receive Cash & Foodstuffs 220 Returned And War-Torn Families Receive Cash & Foodstuffs

Wednesday January 18, 2017

Jalalabad City (BNA) Cash have donated to 100 returned families from Pakistan in eastern Nangarhar province.
In-charge of refugees and repatriation department of Nangarhar told BNA reporter, the families have received the cash while returned from Pakistan in Torkham border.
In this round Afg 16,000 have been distributed to each returned families, the source added.
According to another report, foodstuffs have distributed by World Food Program (WFP) to 120 war-torn families in Nangarhar province.

Social Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:42:52 +0000
Hundreds Needy And Returned Families Received Aids In Nangarhar Hundreds Needy And Returned Families Received Aids In Nangarhar

Monday, January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Aids distributed for more than hundred needy and returned families of Pakistan by World Food Program in Nangarhar province.
An official of Refugees and Repatriation department of Nangarhar told BNA, that after surveying nearly 400 needy and returnees families received assistances with cooperation of WFP.
Government and international aids organizations say they are ready to help returnees families.

Social Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:46:50 +0000