In an old house in the suburb of Mazar - e - Sharif , Balkh provincial capital in northern Afghanistan , nearly a dozen women working as carpet weavers , the only source of their income to support their families .
" We are facing difficulties . 'm Making progress for women in Afghanistan but our lives still has not improved . We work hard . Touched We found a way to be self-sufficient , " said bargin ( 50 ) told Xinhua on Saturday ( 19/4 ) .
She said the colorful carpet weaving is part of their tradition . " Carpet is a major part of export to Afghanistan. Carpet has been with us for hundreds of years and has provided us the opportunity to make money and live with dignity , " he said .
Bargin have to feed a family of six members . She earns $ 50 dollars for two months is not enough to cover all their living expenses .
Bargin have experience weaving carpets for 20 years . She has worked in a carpet factory in Pakistan for 14 years .
" We left our home in the District Sholgara during the Taliban regime . We fled to Pakistan . Upon our return home , I failed to get the house and the government failed to help refugees here . We are still living in tents until now , " said bargin .
Afghanistan , according to women's rights activists , is a challenging country for women to live . Discrimination against women , particularly in rural areas , is still rife . A girl forced to marry a man of her parents choice .
" My husband did not have a job . I have to work . Challenges we face . Possessed We do not clean water , do not have a home , do not have electricity , and hundreds of people living in tents here , " said bargin , mother of four children .
Most Afghan women still suffer from poverty and becomes the object of violence and abuse , because most ironic situation of Afghan women has now become official and legislator .
Discrimination and violence against women occurs in the form of marriage of minors , forced marriages , rape and polygamy .
However, the majority of women in Mazar - eSharif now working in government offices , corporate development , and some even engaged in small business .
The Government has provided funding to make markets in the city , where women can manage the kiosk . " There are 50 stores in the Market Rabia Balkhi , all run by women , " Allia said Rajabi - who has a stall .
( Read: suara anis merah )
"I started as a shopkeeper here . I sell handicrafts , clothing and toilet fixtures . 's All okay because I have my own shop , where I invest as much as $ 4,000 , " said Allia , a widow .