Monday, 02 August 2021 12:25 GMT

Qatar- QFFD, Digital Citizen Fund join hands to empower Afghan women


(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Digital Citizen Fund (DCF) Wednesday signed a grant agreement, to Finance a vocational training project for Girls and Women in Afghanistan which is being left behind and in a crucial need of empowerment.  

The agreement signing ceremony was attended by HE Lulwa Al Khater, Assistant Foreign Minister & Spokesperson- MoFA, and HE Saeed Mubarak Al-Khayareen, the State of Qatar's ammbassedor to Kabul.



This crucial agreement will play a major role in shedding light on women and girls by providing high quality training and technology. Also, it will help them to acquire skills related to information technology. The training impart various skills that sought after in the labor market in Afghanistan such as, employment skills, personal skills and skills related to financial matters and business administration.

The training program will focus on business and entrepreneurial skills and development that will allow 1200 women and girls ranging in age from 14-24 years, to enter the workforce, and that will have a long-term impact, the most important of which is lowering poverty rates and improving the economic future of their communities.

'When someone asks me why Qatar is optimistic about a bright and stable future in Afghanistan, I find myself giving examples on hardworking and dedicated Afghanis, like Roya Mahboob. Despite the war, Roya's Digital Citizen Fund has been providing quality training in the fields of computing and programming for hundreds of girls. This training opens the doors of hope, future and opportunities for them. I hope that the agreement signed today with Qatar Fund for Development will pave the way for a new generation of ambitious and dedicated Afghani women, who will undoubtedly play a key role in the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan. Said HE Lulwa Al-Khater

'Women and girls in Afghanistan are no exception as they too, face multiple barriers when trying to enter, remain, or advance in the workforce. They are left behind in a world that is making rapid technological progress. Said HE Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Director General of Qatar Fund for Development

'Here at QFFD, we recognize the importance of SDG 5 - to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. We believe that women and girls are every country's greatest asset. If invested in properly, they have endless potential to drive the human, social and economic development of nations. Hence, the achievement of the sustainable development goals relies on the empowerment of women. Added HE Al-Kuwari

'With the help of QFFD foreign aid, Digital Citizen Fund will provide young women skills to start and grow businesses that can compete in the worldwide economy. Our dedication to this goal does not waver in the face of difficulty, and the results speak for themselves. Our mission and implementation have continued to flex and grow despite the challenges the world faces with the pandemic. ' said  Roya Mahboob, CEO of Digital Citizen Fund.

This agreement Between QFFD and DCF is to make sure everyone has access to their rights equally.

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