Since the Taliban took control in August, more than 900,000 Afghans have lost their jobs, according to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
According to SIGAR, women’s employment is anticipated to plummet by 21% by mid-2022, as reported by The Khaama Press.
Since the Taliban took power, unemployment has surged, and poverty has put millions of people at danger across the country.
According to the International Labour Organization, over 500,000 Afghan workers lost their jobs in the third quarter of 2021, with the number of individuals who will lose their jobs since the Taliban took power projected to reach 700,000 to 900,000 by mid-2022, according to Khaama Press.
Afghanistan’s economy was already deteriorating due to four decades of fighting, harsh droughts, and pandemics.
The international community froze Afghanistan’s assets and withheld assistance when the Taliban seized power following the premature withdrawal of US troops.
Furthermore, since the Taliban assumed control, women working, particularly female breadwinners, have struggled to make ends meet. Khaama Press claimed that the bulk of female employees in government agencies are currently housed.
Women’s rights in Afghanistan have steadily improved throughout the foreign presence, but the Taliban’s return threatens this development.
The Taliban’s recent imposition of the burqa on Afghan women is an example of this.