Empower our Women

Help us Empower our Women: Afghanistan First Lady Rula Ghani to India

The First Lady of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, with her soft French accent and modest Western attire, charmed a New Delhi audience while urging India to help impart skill training to women back home in a bid to empower them.

In an interactive session organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation, Rula Ghani made a passionate appeal to women entrepreneurs in India to come forward and train women in Afghanistan.

"Women in Afghanistan need to be trained but they may not be able to visit India due to financial problem or their families may not allow them to leave the country but maybe somebody can go from here (India) for a week at a time to train them. A woman is not respected unless she is a productive member of society and that means she has to produce something... no matter how much she toils at home, nobody is going to recognise that. If she learns to do some embroidery or other skills which she can use, then she can earn the respect of others. I am here to try and explore opportunities," Rula Ghani, wife of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, said adding that ‘mindsets need to be changed’.

The First Lady stressed on the need for a ‘serious development’ in Afghanistan. “Our country has a long way to go before it can provide comfort to its citizens. We are entering a new phase and there is a lot of thinking. Ninety percent of our population needs help but we will develop sure," she said.

Rula Ghani also referred to the close historical and cultural ties between India and Afghanistan. "The two countries have many common ties historically and culturally. Bollywood films are very popular in Afghanistan,” she said.

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