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Islamic Emirate Emphasizes Women’s Vital Role in Economic Development Amid Criticism

March 14, 2024 11:43 am

Islamic Emirate Emphasizes Women's Vital Role in Economic Development Amid Criticism

In response to comments made by the Irish ambassador at the United Nations, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has underscored the significant contributions of women to the country’s business sector.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, asserted that women’s rights have been prioritized, with an increasing role for women in various economic endeavors.

Mujahid stated, “The Islamic Emirate has diligently addressed areas of deprivation for women, ensuring the restoration of their rights, particularly in the economic sphere. Women’s involvement in business has notably expanded, with active participation in various sectors. Our sisters engaged in handicrafts and other economic activities receive support and facilities, and the Ministry of Economy has devised comprehensive plans for their empowerment, fostering further growth in this realm.”

The remarks from Mujahid come after the Irish deputy representative to the UN highlighted concerns over restrictions on women’s employment and education under Taliban rule, citing their adverse impact on Afghanistan’s economy.

Keith McBean, deputy permanent representative of Ireland to the UN, remarked, “Since the Taliban assumed control in August 2021, Afghanistan’s economy has witnessed a decline, partly due to the limitations imposed on women’s participation in the workforce and the severe restrictions on girls’ access to education.”

The discourse surrounding women’s economic participation in Afghanistan has elicited diverse perspectives from women’s rights activists and economic analysts.

Lima Sherzad, a prominent women’s rights activist, emphasized the pivotal role of women in fostering economic growth, asserting that neglecting their contributions undermines both security and prosperity.

Abdul Rahman Shamal, an international relations analyst, highlighted the potential of women-led economic initiatives to foster trust and stability within Afghanistan, offering pathways to peace and security.

Ahmad Seyar Quraishi, an economic affairs analyst, emphasized the indispensable link between education and economic empowerment for women, underscoring the importance of access to education in facilitating their participation in economic leadership roles.

Amidst these discussions, Afghanistan continues to grapple with ongoing challenges, including the prolonged absence of educational opportunities for girls above the sixth grade.

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