UN: Afghanistan's economy without women's participation could lose one billion dollars i> The Taliban, a terrorist organization banned in Russia ) restrict job opportunities for women. This is stated in a UN report published by Bloomberg.
A UN study notes that a ban on Afghan women from work could bring the country's economy losses of almost one billion dollars (about 5 percent of GDP). At the moment, the Afghan economy is going through a period of rapidly growing inflation and a shortage of cash. At the same time, women make up about 20 percent of the labor force in the country.
In September, Afghan women were denied the opportunity to work with men in government offices, banks, the media, and most companies. Thus, women could only work where there are no men due to the fact that the Taliban decided to follow their vision of Sharia and Islamic law.
“I want to make it very clear: there can be no full recovery of the Afghan economy without the participation of women. Our initial results show that the contribution of educated women to labor productivity in Afghanistan is higher than that of men with the same level of education, ”said the head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Abdullah Al-Dardari.
The UN also points out that the restriction on employment for Afghan women adds to the hardships for the country's economy amid the end of international support. Relief funds from other countries accounted for about 40 percent of the country's GDP and 80 percent of all budgetary expenditures. At the same time, more than $ 9 billion of Afghanistan's overseas reserves remain frozen by the US and other Western countries over fears of the Taliban's continued ties to terrorism, human rights violations and the failure to create an inclusive government. The UN emphasizes that in the coming years, Afghanistan's GDP may shrink by up to 30 percent.
Afghanistan's economic problems were previously exacerbated by the banking crisis. At the end of September, a massive withdrawal of funds began to occur in the country, and most banks stopped working or provided a full range of services.