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Afghanistan: Females

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the construction of the Women’s Park in Lashkar Gar, Afghanistan; what the objectives of the project are; how much has been allocated to the project; and if he will make a statement. (160228)

The recently completed “Women and Children Park” in Lashkar Gar was funded through the Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) fund, administered by the UK-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Helmand. QIPs in Helmand are funded through the joint DFID, MOD, and FCO Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP). The GCPP QIPs fund has an overall budget of £9 million this financial year, including £3 million from DFID. The overall cost of the park was approximately £420,000.

The park is providing much needed recreational space and facilities for the people of Lashkar Gar and the surrounding area, in particular women and children. It was built in response to identified local needs, and agreed by the Governor of Helmand and relevant Government of Afghanistan line departments. Construction of the park was implemented by the Afghan NGO, Helping Afghan Farmers Organisation (HAFO). Much of the work was carried out using local labour. One of the first major events hosted at the park was a US-funded agricultural fair to promote legal livelihoods attended by 1,700 Afghans.