Afghanistan

Road construction contracts worth AFN 178 million approved

KABUL (SW) – The Ministry of Public Works on Tuesday inked deals with private firms for road construction worth AFN 178 million.

Mehdi Rouhani, spokesman for the MoPW, said these projects would be executed in Jawzjan, Bamyan and Ghazni provinces. He said the funds for these projects would be provided by the World Bank via the MoPW’s rural development initiative.

The spokesman said practical work on these projects would commence in few days, and would be completed in 14 months. The officials hoped many people would benefit from these roads, and thousands of laborers would get jobs.

Humira Saqib

Humira Saqib (born 1980) is an Afghan journalist and women's human rights activist. She is one of the leading activists who through her writings in the magazine Negah-e-Zan (A Vision of Women) and in Afghan Women's News Agency, has been protesting against extreme forms of harassment against women in her radically Islamic country. She pleads that the parliament should enact laws for "Elimination of Violence against Women and enforce it vigorously.... Education, is also a key to changing mentalities around women's roles in society."[1][2][3] She is now pursuing her efforts to further women's rights by working for the women's news agency as a writer and editor.[

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