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Below 20pc of Afghan women hold paid job

Below 20pc of Afghan women hold paid job

Oct 22, 2017 - 15:34

KABUL (Pajhwok): Below 20 percent of women hold a paid job in Afghanistan where only 23 percent of girls attend higher education, a report published on Sunday said.

The new UNFPA report warns unchecked inequality, failure to protect the rights of the poorest women could lead to unrest, undermine peace and world’s development goals.

The report “The State of World Population 2017, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund,  says unless inequality is urgently tackled and the poorest women empowered to make their own decisions about their lives, countries could face unrest and threats to peace and to their development goals.

Failure to provide reproductive health services, including family planning, to the poorest women can weaken economies and sabotage progress towards the number one sustainable development goal, to eliminate poverty, the report adds.


What does the report have to say about Afghanistan


In Afghanistan, the report says, the poorest women have the fewest options for family planning, the least access to antenatal care, and are most likely to give birth without the assistance of a doctor or midwife.

According to the Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey, only 23 per cent of currently married women use a method of contraceptive.

 “Inequalities in Afghanistan are a significant multiplier of the various challenges the country faces”, says, UNFPA Afghanistan Representative, Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi.

“For Afghanistan to tackle inequalities, there is need to invest  more in reducing inequalities in education and reproductive health and rights, to allow women and girls to choose to stay in school, when to get married and when and how many children to have.”