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Ambassador Karokhail meets with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie of Canada

Ottawa, 8 May 2017 - H.E Shinkai Karokhail, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Canada, met with The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. They discussed Canada’s support for development in Afghanistan, particularly in areas related to girls’ primary education, establishment of a proposed National Commission on the Status of Women, and seeking of Canadian government’s financial assistance to the treatment and prevention of cancer in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Karokhail also highlighted some of the achievements and shortcomings of girls’ primary education in Afghanistan. She pointed out that despite remarkable progress made in children’s education in the country, girls primary education has been greatly affected by continuous conflicts in insecure areas, which have been exacerbated by the lack of inadequate investment in education sector by the Afghan and international donor organizations. In order to address these shortcomings, Ambassador Karokhail recommended a Community-Based Education (CBE) approach and vocational training in partnership with national organizations. She emphasized on the importance of national /local organizations involvement in implementing (CBE), in terms of its cost effectiveness, reliability, and sustainability. According to her Excellency, local organizations can be counted as reliable partners for CBE as they possess local insight and knowledge in a hostile environment. Partnership with local and national organizations will improve and build their institutional capacity in the long-run.

Ambassador Karokhail has also sought financial and technical support of the Canadian government for the establishment of a National Commission on the Status of Women in Afghanistan. The proposed commission could serve as a statutory independent body or a Watchdog which will work with other stakeholders to make the government and other institutions accountable against their commitments in relation to women empowerment. The Ambassador has assured that the President and the First lady of Afghanistan would firmly support the establishment of the commission and its mandate.

As one of the founding members of nation-wide campaign – “Let’s Fight against Cancer” in Afghanistan, Ambassador Karokhail urged the Canadian government to allocate resources for women’s health issues, such as the breast cancer. According to the Ambassador, due to poor diagnosis and treatment capacity of the Afghan health institutes, breast cancer is one of the most prominent health issues that women encounter in the country. Therefore, any kind of international assistance will contribute to the survival of women who struggle with breast cancer besides many other issues.



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