Department for International Development written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department has which involve working with women in Afghanistan; and what the 2014-15 budget is for each such project.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development

As was made clear at the London Conference on Afghanistan, it is vital that women and girls are put at the heart of political, economic and social life in Afghanistan for the country to develop successfully. Gender equality is mainstreamed across all DFID programming, so our entire annual budget of c£10bn for 2014-15 will contribute towards this.

In Afghanistan, DFID programmes to support women and girls include both direct measures, such as training for female Provincial Councillor candidates; and indirect, including our support for education sector salaries. The latter has contributed towards over 2.5 million girls attending school according to the latest figures from the Afghan Ministry of Education.

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