Eleven Afghan women currently working toward graduate degrees in Japan as part of JICA’s PEACE program gathered in Tokyo in December for women’s leadership training.
Just 21 of the 436 trainees who have come to Japan so far to attend graduate school under the project called Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE) are women. Because of the long conflict in Afghanistan and the country’s cultural background, there are few Afghan women with the qualifications to enter a Japanese graduate school.
Participants studying in such locations as Yamaguchi and Hiroshima gathered in Tokyo to learn about leadership for four days.
The training included a lecture by a Sophia University professor, a discussion with students from the university and a gender workshop led by a counsellor from the Gender Equality Center, Kurume city, Fukuoka prefecture. Participants learned about fundamental gender concepts and the roles played by women.
I Word Understanding
Cultural background – constitutes the ethnic, religious, racial, gender, linguistic or other socioeconomic factors and values that shape an individual’s upbringing.
Counsellors – a person trained to give guidance on personal, social, or psychological problems.
Gender concepts – A social cultural and personal construct, not a biological construct separate from the sex-based categories of male/female
II Have your say
1.Here’s another assistance that Afghan women most needed.
- Health care
- Economic opportunity
- 2.There are many reasons why the Japanese government have chosen Afghan women. Here’s some Afghan women characteristics
- Afghan women have a high regard for age, as well as a reverence for motherhood.
- Afghan women have adapted the United States and other cultures lifestyle
- Afghans women value a more humanistic approach to health care as well as hands-on evaluation and diagnosis by trained medical professionals.
- What other kinds of leadership that the Japanese government should provide to Afghanistan women?