Enhancing Career Prospects: 11 Female Law Graduates Complete Internship at Ministry of Justice
At the official closing ceremony, the head of the MoJ’s gender unit, Ms Nelofar Qadiri, emphasised, ‘The internship programme is very valuable as it facilitates the graduates’ access to the labour market. In addition, it supports the MoJ’s strategic goal to increase the number of female staff working for the ministry.’
Female law graduates in Afghanistan face many challenges when transitioning to the job market. They often do not know how to start their professional career and lack work experience. The internship programme is an effective way for them to overcome these shortcomings and find jobs at public offices. Consequently, the activity increases female representation in public institutions, ensuring that the interests of Afghan women are taken into consideration.
One intern said: “When I graduated from university I was afraid to enter the labour market. I was not familiar with the roles, regulations and the functioning of public administration. But now I have no fear anymore, because I know it and I can do it”.
The women worked at various departments of the MoJ. They learned about the ministry’s core functions and assisted civil servants with their daily work. Thereby, they acquired basic skills such as time management and communicating at the workspace.
The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Promotion of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan (RoL) has been supporting internships for female law graduates since 2015. So far, the activity provided internship opportunities at the MoJ for more than 30 female law graduates. Many interns found a job at Afghan ministries after completing the programme. This year’s interns have good chances to find a job at a public institution, too. The internship counts as one year of work experience, significantly improving their professional prospects.
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.