Career Conference in Mazar-e Sharif

Supporting Professional Opportunities for 90 Female Law and Sharia Students
Today, three female legal practitioners presented their professions, educational background and career path to 90 female law students. The career conference at Balkh University was organised by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s project for the promotion of the rule of law (RoL) and the Sharia and Law faculties of Balkh University.

A Sharia student said: “It was great to learn more about justice institutions, their procedures and to know that there are possibilities for the female student to work as professional lawyers”.

Entering the job market in the justice sector is challenging for female graduates. The conference aimed at informing female law students about the various career opportunities and meeting law practitioners. A series of similar events will follow, supporting access to the job market for female law students.

“According to my experience, individual competence and self-confidence are two factors that will help you to overcome obstacles on the way to your desired career”, Balkh’s prosecution office’s deputy stated.

Debating with female role models that are successfully leading a professional career strengthens the students’ motivation to acquire additional knowledge and helps them to network.  The legal practitioners that are working as judges, prosecutors, lawyers and professors gave advise and shared their experiences. 

The programme Promotion of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan (RoL) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme aims at ensuring the rule of law, a well-functioning judicial system and legal security in Afghanistan. To ensure legal security for all citizens, RoL has been supporting so-called Huquq bureaus which handled more than 77,000 civil cases since 2013. In the same time, to support higher legal education, RoL provided more than 30,000 books to law and sharia faculties, organised more than 150 courses on legal topics for students and lecturers and awarded more than 60 students with scholarships. RoL further trained almost 13,000 police staff to carry out duties according to law. The programme also emphasises promoting women’s rights and strengthening their access to justice as well as the job market.

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