An exposure visit on gender equality from Afghan delegation

16 Apr 2013

With the facilitation of UNDP Turkey, an Afghan Delegation composed of 21 representatives from different ministries and governmental agencies of Afghanistan paid an exposure visit to Ankara and Bursa in the beginning of April.

Ankara  – The thematic agenda of the exposure visit had been identified as gender equality machinery and participation of women into decision-making processes.

The Delegation was provided with the opportunity to interact and exchange information with a number of Turkish stakeholders and actors working on gender equity and equality, who are actively involved both in lobbying and policy-making.

Apart from the UNDP Turkey, the central and local government institutions, Women NGOs and academicians were visited in the scope of the exposure visit, like Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Turkish Grand National Assembly and Equal Opportunities Commission for Women and Men, METU Women’s Studies Centre, Governorate and Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa.

Ms. Najia Afsar, Senior Gender Advisor of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan, said that “The exposure visit in Turkey offered us the much needed opportunity to learn about techniques of Gender Machinery in Turkey and their effective integration in policies and programmes of the different government ministries and departments.”

While Ms. Nilofar Barikzai from National Institution Building Project of UNDP Afghanistan added “Having observed how innovative practices are efficiently utilized by Turkish government, after taking into account the requirements of the local context, it is now up to us how to apply all that we have learned from Turkey towards promoting substantive gender equality in Afghanistan.”

For the last decade, gender equality and empowerment of women have taken the central stage of all major national policies of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan National Development Strategy has rendered gender concerns as “collective responsibility” all sectors of the government.

As such, all efforts have been launched to integrate gender sensitive components into line ministries and enhance the capacity of public officials to deliver quality support service to mainstream gender in public activities.

Structured exchanges with the Afghan delegation as a follow up to this event will be organized.