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Afghanistan turmoil

Over 1m girls barred from Afghanistan schools as rules sap economy

Taliban restrictions deplete workforce, prompting warnings of long-term damage

An Afghan lecturer reads a book inside her home in Kabul. Some female students have turned to the internet, but even these efforts are hampered as connections are poor.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Afghanistan's school year is underway for secondary schools and universities, but more than 1 million girls and women are barred from attending classes, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The Taliban-led government has strictly limited women's educational and employment opportunities -- a stance that international organizations point out is rapidly reducing the female workforce, causing significant damage to the country's already fragile economy.

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