Only peace can pave the way for development: Herat women

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HERAT: Participants of a women’s handicrafts exhibition in western Herat province said they want to contribute to the country’s economy by offering their own products to the market, but they could not make great progress due to ongoing violence. 

The exhibition sponsored by the governor’s house, provincial Women’s Chamber of Commerce and DRC organization was opened by Herat governor, Wahid Zahid Qatali, in the province’s capital on Saturday.

Organizers of the expo say that the aim of the program was to promote women’s handicrafts, as well as find a market for women’s products.

Qatali, during the inauguration of the display, asked people to purchase products prepared by women to help promote handicrafts and self-sustain Afghan women in terms of household economy.

Zarmina, one of the participants of the exhibition, created women’s silk and woolen shawls by providing job opportunities to many other women in her business.

She said that her business helped many other women to work with her and earn income. Zarmina explained she participated in the expo to introduce her products and find market for them.

Anisa Sarwari, Herat Women’s Affairs director, said that they would try to organize more of such exhibitions and if peace returned to the country, the handicrafts industry would be further developed as threats to women in conflicts would be removed.

She called on the international institutes and the Afghan government to work honestly for peace and provide essential facilities for the development of women’s businesses.

Afghans believe there are significant capabilities in Afghan society for improving the livelihoods and working for the development of the nation – only if peace were ensured in the war-torn country.