A number of women and girls in Maidan Wardak province said that after the ban on women’s working and education, mental illness cases have increased among them.
Qamar, a resident of Jalrez district in Maidan Wardak, said she worked as a teacher before facing the illness.
She said she started having mental disorders after the Islamic Emirate’s ban on women’s work and education.
“I am unemployed now, and my tailoring business is not going well. My mental issues have also become worse,” Qamar told TOLOnews.
“The demand of girls was to go to school, madrasa and get an education,” said Shekiba, a student.
"I don't attend school. If I had, I would have advanced to class 10 this year. We are now at home, and there are many problems, life is difficult for me right now,” said Maryam, another student.
Meanwhile, a number of doctors in Maidan Wardak said that the number of women and girls suffering from mental problems has risen recently.
“There should be peace and women should go to work. We ask the Islamic Emirate to allow women to work,” said Hekmat Wiar, a doctor.
“Regarding women, we ask the Islamic Emirate to provide job and education opportunities for them,” said Shah Hossein, a resident of Maidan Wardak.
But officials in the province said that while the issue of women's employment and education is a matter for the leadership of the Islamic Emirate, the rise in mental illness is a problem that affects the whole world.
“This is a universal challenge. In my opinion, this challenge exists not just in Afghanistan, but across the world,” said Ahmadullah Nezami, the head of the provincial governor's office.
This comes as there are reports about increased domestic violence in recent months due to the rise in poverty and unemployment in Afghanistan.