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Obstacle Lifted: Graduates of Police Academy to Pursue Higher Education
Apr 10, 2017
Afghanistan National Police Academy gained the status of a university. The Ministry of Interior has been running the academy for over 50 years, but its graduates couldn’t get their degrees attested. Now, the Afghan Higher Education Ministry, an official body to accredit educational degrees, has agreed to recognize all the academy’s four- year courses as bachelor degrees, after the academy fulfilled the higher education requirements for degree programmes.
Treatment for Drug Resistant Tuberculosis to Boost in Afghanistan
Mar 27, 2017
Tuberculosis is one of the major public health issues in Afghanistan. If TB is misdiagnosed and treated irregularly with antibiotics, it develops into multidrug resistant tuberculosis. This is a severe type of the disease that is highly contagious and poses a serious public health risk. Currently, there is only one hospital in Kabul that can treat this type of TB.
UNDP and Khurshid TV Tap into a Game Show to Mark Women’s Day
Mar 22, 2017
Khurshid, a leading Afghan entertainment TV channel, dedicated its famous Haft Ganj game show to marking Women’s Day. On the show, two young women were chosen to answer questions about prominent Afghan women figures, achievements women have had in the past 15 years and challenges they currently face in different walks of life.
Battles Lost and Won
Mar 19, 2017
Hung on the walls of Bhost restaurant in Kabul are portraits of 13 first ladies of Afghanistan. Right on top is the iconic picture of Queen Soraya in a sleeveless gown, wife of reformist King Amanullah, who was a vocal opponent of polygamy and veiling, and had started the country’s first school for girls in the 1920s. Below is a recent picture of Rula Ghani, wife of President Ashraf Ghani, an advocate for women’s rights in present-day Afghanistan. Since no one knows what she looks like, the wife of Mulla Omar, Taliban founder and the self-proclaimed emir between 1996 and 2001, is represented with the ubiquitous symbol of the regime’s oppression: the woman in a blue shuttlecock burqa.
Can You Dig It? UNDP Talks Mining and Human Development in Afghanistan
Jan 25, 2017
This year, UNDP’s Afghanistan Human Development Report focusses on how to make sure all Afghans benefit from the estimated US$1 trillion or more of mineral wealth lying underground. With declines likely in foreign aid over the coming years, the huge potential of the extractive industry is more important than ever. But investment is held back by instability, conflict, corruption, terrorism and lack of capacity.
Human Rights Day 2016
Dec 11, 2016
Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights. Skidding down the snow-blanketed slopes of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, 18-year-old Hasani for years suffered hostility and abuse from passing men unaccustomed to unveiled women dressed in figure-hugging ski suits.
International Volunteer Day 2016, UNDP Brought Youth to Restore Qargha Lake
Dec 7, 2016
For International Volunteer Day 2016, UNDP brought hundreds of young men and women together to restore Qargha Lake, one of Kabul’s most beautiful areas. Participants included sports champions, poets, civil society members, artists and cultural figures. Together they helped restore the environment and spread the spirit of volunteering.
Women Volleyball Tournament to Take Part in 16 Days of Activism to EVAW
Dec 4, 2016
The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Afghan Red Crescent Society organized a volleyball tournament for young women at Kabul University’s Gymnasium from Nov 29 – Dec 01, 2016 to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Five leading Kabul women teams competed to become volleyball champions during the contest. The tournament attracted around 400 spectators every day, mostly students from the university, as well as youth and civil society activists. The winning team received the Kabul Women Volleyball Cup of the Year on the last day of the tournament.
“Fly Afghanistan” Kite Running Festival
Dec 1, 2016
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Economy held a kite running festival on Nov 25th - 2016 in Kabul. Over six hundreds of people including men and women, youths, media, civil society activist and government figures participated. The festival offered free kites to participants in order to promote the Sustainable Development Goals– a set of 17 development targets agreed to by all 193 countries in the United Nations to protect the environment and make the world a fairer, safer and healthier place.
Climate Change Fuels Insurgency in Afghanistan
Nov 15, 2016
After two winters without snow, Kabul residents are anxiously scouring the hills for the first flakes, wary that the depletion of this major source of water further fuels instability in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Historically speaking, a snowless year is highly unusual for this ancient capital, built 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) above sea-level in the foothills of the Hindu Kush. "Kabul can be without gold but not without snow", according to a local proverb. But as the world gets warmer, that is changing.