UN Report Highlights Challenges for Afghan Women Entrepreneurs

A new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sheds light on the significant obstacles faced by women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, Khaama Press reported today.

The study, based on interviews with over 3,100 women, found that 73% of Afghan women require a male escort, or “mahram,” to travel, even to local markets. This requirement not only places an added burden on women but also doubles their travel costs, the article mentioned.

The report states that women entrepreneurs in the country grapple with widespread discrimination, operational restrictions, and a weak financial system.

However, the UNDP noted that entrepreneurship has emerged as a lifeline, with 80 women-led companies relying on their businesses as their sole source of income and creating jobs for other women.

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