A Covid catastrophe: Afghanistan's female entrepreneurs face a huge battle to survive the pandemic

Up against Afghanistan’s heavily patriarchal society, Razia Sarwary faced considerable challenges as a woman launching her own business. Now, along with many other female entrepreneurs, she says she is facing a tougher battle than her male counterparts to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and she has far more to lose if her business goes under. With her father out of work and suffering with a drug addiction, the 24-year-old felt setting up a business was the best way to support her family and she launched her clothing company Zeb Boutique in central Kabul in August 2019. “My un…

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