National Conference on “Women and their Effective Role in Local Government” Kicked Off in Kabul

The first National Conference on “Women and their Effective Role in Local Government”, that organized by IDLG took place today Sep, 04, 2019 in Kabul. This conference is organized for all those women who aspire to move into a leadership role in local government or those already in a senior role looking to progress.

The conference aims to identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in local government today learn how successful women negotiate for what they need to be effective leaders, gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader.

The conference brought together over 140 participants (M/F) from more than 30 provinces. This conference is the first of its kind to take place at a country level with a core focus on discussing ways of improving gender mainstreaming in rural development, local government, share experiences, inspire people, build networks and take action on reducing the gender gap.

The conference was opened by Abdul Mateen Bek, head of IDLG, who welcomed the participants and briefly described the work being carried out in the country in relation to promoting women role and opportunities in the local governance, election process, peace process and up-coming programs.

The conference served as a platform for sharing experiences of faced challenges at different levels, from high-level political debates to grassroots interventions. Government representatives, deputy governors, mayors, district chiefs, politicians, ministers and civil society members presented examples of good practice and lessons learned on the women and their effective role in local governance and policies.

The conference provided an excellent opportunity for women and practitioners from the gender community and from the ministries to share experiences and promising practices.