Afghan women at work

Actors, not beneficiaries

“Women in Afghanistan need to be seen as economic actors, not beneficiaries,” says the Chair and Co-Founder of the Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Manizha Wafeq.

Afghanistan exported $600 million to $700 million of major commodities (such as carpet, dried fruits, saffron, spices and other products) during the past several years. An estimated 80 percent of the work related to these commodities was done by women. Today, women in Afghanistan are playing a larger role as employees and business owners.

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