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The Afghan Television

shows a report about "our" women in Nejrab

The film clip shows the work of "our women" in the Help for Self-Help project in the province of Kapiza. It lets the leading women have their say about their work:
1. the head of the carpet workshop, Mrs. Qudsia Ahmadi, says: "...Our carpets are knotted here locally and they have a very good quality. There are huge differences in quality between our hand-knotted carpets and the machine-made ones."
2. the teacher of the carpet students Mrs. Sama says: "We want to be able to better market our carpets, which we make by hand and with great care. This would allow us to feed ourselves and our families and create good earning opportunities for us rural women."
3. the head of the tailoring workshop Mrs. Parwana says: "I have trained 100 to 120 women as seamstresses. They all work independently today and some of them even train other women who learned at the NAZO center. Some of them have even passed master exams and have been hired as teachers in different schools."

The district administrator of Nejrab district says (as the soldier walks through the picture), "Our common concern is the lack of vending facilities for the women. We are trying to find a place to sell their handicraft products."

Ms. Qudsia (1st woman with rug) says, "Our Afghan culture and traditions are based on handicrafts. Afghan rugs have a particularly good reputation worldwide. With their production, we can create many jobs. We women in Afghanistan have become more independent and are making an important contribution to Afghanistan's economic progress. Thus, we are significantly involved in the political stability in our country."
Ms. Qudsia concludes by formulating a demand: "We demand that the government not only praise us, but also support us. We need a proper outlet for selling our products to the public. No matter how hard we try as a women's organization, it is always the same: without the intercession of influential men in the administration and government, we cannot succeed."

The commentator concludes by repeating the women's demand for a point of sale in public spaces - that is, in the center of cities.