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Bamyan women not interested in applying for NICs

Bamyan women not interested in applying for NICs

Jun 07, 2017 - 14:15

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Womeninfo-icon from central Bamyan province have lost their interest in applying for national identity cards (NICs) -- locally known as tazkira -- due to the lack of awareness and the complex process they have to go through.

Sughra Attaee, head of the Afghan Women Network (AWN), told Pajhwok Afghan News that Bamyan women above 40 did not have the NIC as they did not need it. The women working in government departments and students apply for the document.

“Since it takes days getting tazkira. Many women from far-flung areas have no interest in obtaining the document. The statistics department has taken no measure to facilitate or encourage women,” she alleged.

Haleema Rezaee, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, said in some cases men did not want their women to get NICs and considered it an unnecessary exercise.

Process for getting NIC:

A tazkira-seeking individual has to apply to the governor’s office, from the applicant is referred to the municipality district where he/she lives. The municipality district refers the application to the elected member called wakeel-i-guzar.

After his approval, the municipality district sends the application back to the governor’s house, where the NIC is delivered. The applicant should have the following documents while applying for NIC at the district level:

NIC of father or any family member; four passport-size photographs and the prescribed application form.

Getting NIC at district level:

The applicant has to write the district name in the application. The district chief refers his application to the statistics department, which sends the applicant to his area to get his application stamped and signed by a local elder (malik) called wakeel guzar.

After approval from local elder, the statistics department refers the applicant to the department from where he could get the NIC.

Razia, 45, from Yakawalang district, came to Bamyan City from Kabulinfo-icon to get her NIC. She told Pajhwok Afghan News she needed the document to get passport. She has been in Yakawalang for the past three days to get her tazkira, but in vain.

She said two local people with government jobs were needed as references. “I have been living in Kabul for the past 30 years and did not know governmental employees here who could I use as reference in my application.

Hussain Dad Ahmadi, head of Mujma, said at meetings with civil society activists they had ascertained viewpoints on the issuance of 12th class certificate and tazkira. They would convey the views to higher-ups in Kabul.

He said more than 10 points causing numerous issues to NIC-seeking women had been noted. These points would be shared with the departments concerned, he promised.

The Shuhada Organisation has already launched a programme to facilitate the procedures for obtaining the 12th class certificate and NIC.

Mohammad Hakim Fahim, director of the programme, said their objective was to simplify the process for getting tazkira and 12th class certificate. The initiative is jointly supported by the Democracy International (DI) and Shuhada Organisation.



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