Kabul: The World Bank’s latest report, titled “Women, Business, and the Law 2023,” reveals that the recent regime change in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021 have had a detrimental effect on the country’s economy and the well-being of its people, as reported by TOLO news.
The report indicates that Afghanistan was among the 11 economies with the lowest rankings in terms of women’s rights, business environment, and legal framework, according to the World Bank’s assessment. It further states that the presence of violent conflicts and the prevalence of institutional and social fragility have significantly impacted the quality of institutions and policies, particularly the governments’ ability to implement necessary reforms.
According to the study, the Afghan ‘Taliban Administration’ issued decrees and directives that restricted women’s freedom of movement and employment opportunities. “The recent regime change in the country has negatively affected both the economy and the welfare of the Afghan people, in particular women and girls,” the report noted.
According to several Afghan women business owners, women are playing a critical role in the country’s economy and economic climate. The Taliban has imposed draconian restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly, and movement for women and girls. Taliban leaders have also disregarded international calls for women and girls to be given access to education and employment. Apparently, they have also issued warnings to other nations not to meddle in Afghanistan’s domestic affairs.