Press Release International Women’s Day and Nawroz Bazaar

Bagh-e-Babur, March 14-16, 2018: The Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP) of The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI), The Women’s Center (TWC) of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), and the Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI), organized an exhibition for female owned and led businesses in honor of International Women’s Day and the New year. A total of 130 female owned businesses participated in this event, 80 of which were based in provinces, and 50 based in Kabul.
Opening remarks for the inauguration of the exhibition were delivered by His Excellency Minister Mujeeburrahman Karimi - Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development; Her Excellency Deputy Minister Nabila Musleh – Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Deputy Minister Kamila Siddiqi - Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries.
Additionally, Ms. Nadia Behboodi – the Executive Director of The Women’s Center at AUAF, and Ms. Manizha Wafeq – CEO of AWCCI made remarks on women’s role in the private sector.
The purpose of the exhibition was to give expanded opportunity to Afghan women from both provinces and the capital, to equally share the market opportunities. This effort was an indication of high synergy among the partners and stakeholders whose joint efforts were targeted towards the economic development of Afghan women. These efforts will add tangible value and impact for the business community in Afghanistan.
Increasing women’s ownership over economic assets and activities helps improve the well-being of families and the overall economy. With this in mind, MRRD’s AERDP program, MoCI, TWC, and AWCCI brought together marginalized women from all over Afghanistan and enhanced their role in the Afghan economy by facilitating this business exhibition.
“The collective action and shared ownership of government and private institutions is a hope for sustainable growth of women’s businesses and their enhanced integration into economy of Afghanistan,” said His Excellency Mr. Mujeeburrahman Karimi.
“Synergistic approaches by all actors would yield cumulative impact for advancing economic productivity of women and give them a common platform to build collective agency and present the entire ‘’women business community’’ throughout Afghanistan,” said Ms. Nadia Behboodi – Executive Director, TWC.

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