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According to the International Labour Organization, more than 500,000 workers lost their jobs in the third quarter of 2021
Kabul: According to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), more than 900,000 Afghans have lost their jobs since the Taliban took control last August.
Working women are disproportionately affected, according to SIGAR, with women’s employment expected to fall by 21 per cent by mid-2022, reported The Khaama Press.
Since the Taliban takeover, unemployment has skyrocketed, and poverty across many parts of the country has put millions of people at risk.
According to the International Labour Organization, more than 500,000 Afghan workers lost their jobs in the third quarter of 2021, and the number of people who will lose their jobs since the Taliban took control is expected to reach 700,000 to 900,000 people by mid-2022, reported Khaama Press.
Due to four decades of conflict, severe drought, and pandemics, Afghanistan’s economy was already collapsing.
After the Taliban seized power following the hasty withdrawal of US soldiers, the international community froze Afghanistan’s assets and withheld help
Moreover, women work, and especially female breadwinners, have struggled to make ends meet since the Taliban took control. Female employees in government offices are currently housed in the majority of cases, reported Khaama Press.
Women’s rights have grown steadily throughout the international presence in Afghanistan, but the Taliban’s return threatens this progress.
The Taliban’s recent burqa imposition on Afghan women is a case in point.
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Updated Date: May 10, 2022 10:43:14 IST
The Afghan mission also condemned the Pakistani airstrikes in Khost and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan that had killed over 40 people, including women and children
The Taliban-led all-male government is yet to be recognised by any country since the hardline Islamists returned to power in August last year, 20 years after it was toppled in a US-led invasion.
Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada's decree also said that if women had no important work outside it was 'better they stay at home'
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'Over half a million Afghans lost jobs since Taliban takeover' – Firstpost