First-Ever Class of Gender and Women’s Studies Programme Graduated from Kabul University

Nov 7, 2017

Students of Gender and Women's Studies wait to receive diplomas. Photo: UNDP / Ajmal Sherzai / 2017

The first batch of students who have completed the Master’s Programme in Gender and Women’s studies at Kabul University have just received their diplomas.

The 22 students (15 women and seven men) started their studies in October 2015. Over the past two years, the students studied key areas related to gender equality and women’s rights, such as legal protection, and the role of women in poverty reduction, conflict resolution, civil society engagement and politics.

These young advocates of gender equality will be engaged in generating research on gender issues, violence against women and other underprivileged groups, and raising awareness about social responsibilities related to gender. The existence of these trained specialists will also decrease Afghanistan’s reliance on foreign experts in gender issues.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Kabul University celebrated the graduation of the Gender and Women’s Studies Master’s Programme on November 5th 2017 at Kabul Intercontinental Hotel. Kabul University launched this programme in 2015 with technical support from UNDP and funding from the Republic of Korea.

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