AWCCI, in order share draft Advocacy strategic plan, and draft LEAD’s by Law and also prioritizing the list of challenges collected from all the provinces, conducted an event under title of Unifying our Voice.
The event was started with recitation of the verses of the Holly Quran and then Ms. Homa Usmany LEAD’s executive director opened the event and welcomed the participants. The advocacy Strategic draft plan and by Law was briefed to the participants their comments and feedbacks were integrated.
In the last part of the session LEAD executive team and Board members worked with the participants and prioritized all the challenges collected from Nangarhar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar and Kabul provinces.
The criteria for categorizing challenges/ problems are as following:
1) is very important the work should start right away and the impact should be achieved in short term.
2) Once the number one is done we can start working on the second and the impact should be seen in midterms.
3) The tasks will be started after task one and task two are completed. The last but not the least the challenges/ problems indicated with (1-to-3) means the task should be started right away but since the challenge is big and a lot of other entities are involved the impact might be achieved in long term.
List of some of the challenges:
- Lack of proper advocacy for women on the commercial problems,
- Excessive amount of membership fee of LEAD and the problem of currency,
- Expensiveness of the advertisement, billboards and TV commercials,
- Lack of Market places in the rural areas of center of Kabul and provinces,
- Unfair distribution of governmental commercial projects among the men and women- businesses. And lack of government’s attention to women businesses,
- Lack of Education and higher education and professional females, Lack of proper cooperation and coordination among women-businesses,
- Lack of linkages of business-women with government, embassies and other donor sources,
- Lack of institutionalization of an advocacy platform, Expensiveness of the national and international exhibitions and expensive stalls, Excessive amount of interests in loans from Banks, Lack of expertise to enhance the quality of the services of women and products. And lack of facilities such as machinery and greenhouses (storage)