Women in Afghanistan have significantly fewer economic opportunities than men. Most working women are in the informal sector, with nearly three quarters working in home-based craft industries. Afghanistan's laws and customs continue to act as barriers to women joining the formal workforce, by restricting their ability to manage property, obtain credit, establish a tax identity and get a higher education.
What is currently being done
In 2016, the Government of Afghanistan developed a National Economic Empowerment Plan (NEEP) for Women, which will provide women with increased access to markets, capital and skills training in a bid to increase economic opportunities.
How Harakat will support this
Harakat will work closely with the Government to support NEEP, while also ensuring that gender sensitive interventions are reflected in all of the organization's activities. The potential impact on women will be considered in the design stage of all Harakat programs.