Historically, women have been extremely underrepresented in the Afghan government, and as a result, they have had limited ability to shape policies and programs that directly affect them.
Women in Government Partnership Assessment .
Project Report | October 23, 2015
To support the PROMOTE: Women in Government project objectives, this partnership assessment was conducted to evaluate the mandate, political will, capacity, resources, system and processes of the potential government partners from the Afghan ministries and provide recommendations based on findings.
PROMOTE: Women in Government is a joint commitment by the United States and Afghan Governments that works to empower 75,000 women between the ages of 18 and 30, and help ensure these women are included among a new generation of Afghan political, business, and civil society leaders. To support the project’s objectives, this partnership assessment was conducted to evaluate the mandate, political will, capacity, resources, system and processes of the potential government partners from the Afghan ministries and provide recommendations based on findings. The assessment examines the specific structural and policy related barriers facing women in government. The assessment outlines: viable potential partners where future interns could be placed; mentors for the interns; available facilities and resources for interns within the existing government systems identified; and systems and processes that will provide opportunities for the interns to engage in meaningful work that will contribute to their professional development. Additionally, the partnership assessment formulates a selection criteria for the hosting ministries, agencies and governors’ offices to ensure objectives are met. During the data gathering period for the partnership assessment, tashkeel (government positions) of potential GIRoA partners were analyzed and assessed to gauge the interest and willingness of ministries to hire interns into full-time tashkeel positions at the conclusion of the internship program.