Date: September 17, 2018
Venue: TWSAA office
Turkmen Women Social Association of Afghanistan (TWSA) One of AWCCI members, launched its permanent Showroom on September 17, 2018 in Kabul. Key note speakers of this ceremony were Ms. Manizha Wafeq, President of AWCCI, Ms. Adela Raz, Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Masouda Omari, Advisor of Social and Women Affairs to First Vice President.
TWSA was established in 2002 which was founded by a group of well educated women aimed to solve the social and financial problems of women, raising awareness on economic opportunities and increasing the literacy rate of those who lived in rural areas. The main focus of TWSA is on women who live in rural areas that don’t have sufficient level of literacy and economic awareness. TWSA is supporting these women by selling their handicrafts and introducing them to the market. TWSA products include, Carpet, Kilim, Felt rugs (Namad), Embroidery, Cloths, Needlework, bead, Turkmen Jewelry, Beads made of different stones, hand-loomed scarves.
Hereby, TWSA launched its permanent Showroom officially in Kabul. Ms. Adela Raz congratulated this association and AWCCI and said that it is an achievement not only for Turkmen Women but also for all Afghanistan. Ms. Raz added that we can have a long term development plans for Afghan women via supporting women-owned and women-led companies. She appreciated AWCCI for supporting women and their commitment for women development. “We as government are committed to include women entrepreneurs in the regional and international economic forums and events to increase their access to buyers” said Ms. Raz.
Furthermore, Ms. Manizha Wafeq also congratulated TWSA for this achievement and said that Afghan women are not Economic Beneficiaries but they are Economic actors of the country. Ms. Wafeq on importance of relationship of Afghan women added, “This is the relationship between Women and Government and support of them that can make such goals come true, so we (Afghan women) should build stronger relationship/ network with government officials specially women in high ranks.” Further Ms. Wafeq said, “Having such showrooms can help promote and aonnect rural women’s products to the city buyers and beyond Afghanistan borders in the region and international markets.
At the end of the ceremony, TWSA with Ms. Wafeq opened this showroom by cutting the opening ribbon.