Despite the constraints that prevent women from working and pursuing education, some women operate businesses in certain markets to support their families, striving to secure their presence and agency in society.
In one of the markets in Kabul, dozens of women are engaged in labour and entrepreneurship, predominantly selling women’s clothing and handmade crafts.
These women claim that they have been able to create job opportunities for hundreds of other women who were unemployed for various reasons. They acknowledge facing numerous challenges in their small businesses and local economy as a major concern.
They describe the market situation as relatively limited but are very pleased to have the opportunity to work in this field. Najiba Husseini, one of the sellers of women’s clothing in this market, expresses her happiness at being able to provide job opportunities for other women.
Najiba, like thousands of other girls, fell victim to the ban on education and remains hopeful that the restrictions imposed on women will be lifted. She expressed her desire for the abolishment of the deprivations and prohibitions placed on women.
Sediqa Toofan, another woman selling goods in this market, states that women from several provinces are engaged in the handicrafts sector along with her. Ms. Toofan adds that despite the numerous challenges Afghan girls face, women in this country continue to make progress through their efforts and resilience in pursuing their rights.
However, the women who have come to this place for shopping express their satisfaction and say they feel comfortable buying from female vendors.
Zubaida, who has been involved in producing and selling local women’s clothing and handicrafts for three years, mentions that after the political changes in Afghanistan and the ban on girls’ education, the demand for girls and women to work in the handicrafts sector has increased.
These women state that by producing Afghan clothing, they have been able to introduce traditional dress within the country and abroad.
While women have faced numerous restrictions after the return of the Taliban rule to power, many women are still active in the handicrafts and trade sector.