The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
Reconstruction (SIGAR) wrote in its latest report that banning women from
working in Afghanistan would reduce Afghanistan’s GDP by 5 percent and cost the
Afghan economy $1 billion.
The agency wrote on its Twitter page that women, before the
Taliban took over, made up more than 20 percent of Afghanistan’s workforce,
including teachers, health professionals, journalists, TV and radio presenters,
judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys.
SIGAR had previously said, citing a report by the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP), that Afghanistan’s economy had contracted
sharply last year.
According to SIGAR, the United Nations Development Program
and the International Monetary Fund estimated the decline in Afghanistan’s GDP
last year at 20 to 30 percent.