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Working Afghan women worry about future

Sunday, August 04, 2013 - 01:30

Aug 4 - With foreign troops set to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, many women fear they may loose hard-earned jobs. Andrew Raven reports.

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Women - 150 of them - churn out military uniforms at a factory in Kabul. They are among scores of women who have recently joined Afghanistan's labour force - something unheard of a decade ago. But many here are worried about the future. With foreign troops poised to withdraw from war-ravaged Afghanistan by the end of next year, there are fears opportunities like this will dry up. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) WORKER SHAH PERAI, SAYING: "I keep worrying about my future, I am worried about my job and do not want to lose it after 2014 when the international community leave Afghanistan." Since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, women have won back the right to vote, work and go to school. But critics say without continued pressure from the international community, some of those rights could be rolled back. (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) AFGHAN BUSINESSWOMAN LIZA GHAUSI NOORISTANI SAYING: "The government doesn't have time for females, they discriminate against women and just say women are to stay at home to wash their clothes." The World Bank says the pullout of foreign troops could lead to a drop in aid money, much of which supports programmes for women. And, worryingly for activists, conservative politicians recently annulled a law that would have reserved seats for women.

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Working Afghan women worry about future

Sunday, August 04, 2013 - 01:30