A handicrafts market was inaugurated in southern Helmand province on Thursday, a project that will help women gain economic empowerment.
Deputy Governor Ahmed Masood Bakhtawar said at the inaugural ceremony Department of Counter-narcotics had spent $466,000 on constructing the handicraft market.
He hoped the market, having 16 shops, a park and other facilities, would provide skilled women with a good source of livelihood.
Director of Women’s Affairs Jamila Niazi said that the facility had been placed under her department’s control and they would take care of it in the best possible way. She added many skilled women who get access to the market.
A local woman, Sharifa, told Pajhwok Afghan News women could sell their embroidery and handicrafts at a reasonable price and in a friendly environment in the market.
Fauzia Durrani, a Lashkargah social council member, called the opening of the business centre a giant stride toward addressing women’s problems..
It is the only business centre for women in the area while a park for females has already been constructed in Lashkargah -- the provincial capital.