Kandahar Women Display Handicrafts, Call for Access to Markets

01 Jul 2013

image UNAMA / MUJEEB UR RAHMAN : A WOMAN SELLS A HAND-EMBROIDERED CLOTH TO ONE OF THE ATTENDEES AT THE 3-DAY HANDICRAFT OF WOMEN EXHIBIT IN KANDAHAR CITY.

A three-day exhibition of local hand-made items recently concluded at the Kandahar Information and Culture department. The exhibition was inaugurated by Kandahar Governor, Dr Toryalai Wesa in the presence of heads of women affairs, information and culture, and other senior provincial dignitaries.

The event was attended by several officials, media correspondents, civil society members, Members diplomatic community, UNAMA and UN representatives. The event was led by the Kandahar Governor’s office and supported by the UNDP-ASGP programme in Kandahar.

Speaking at the occasion, the Kandahar Governor stressed that businessmen should help women to sell their products in international Markets, since most of these handicrafts are of high quality and only manufactured in Kandahar. The Governor said that women work very hard to produce these items and their work should be valued. He thanked those involved in the organizing of the event.

“Women from Kandahar, especially girls should be supported in preserving their unique talent in the form of beautiful handicrafts produced in Kandahar that are of a very high-level quality," said Ms. Rukia Achakzai, a local handicraft entrepreneur.

"The Government and international community should provide access to domestic and international markets to handicrafts produced by Kandahari Women.”

The head of provincial Department for Women’s Affairs (DoWA) urged support of the stakeholders to explore international markets for these goods.

Tens of different types of handmade items were put on display. These items are produced by Kandahari women. Some of the attendees, including Kandahar Governor, purchased embroidered clothes and other items.

The event was also attended by several women. The main purpose of this exhibition is to explore international markets for handmade products of Kandahar.