TALOQAN (Pajhwok): bread seller women in northern Takhar province have complained against the none-availability of a proper place and harassment they faced from men.
Zarmina, 30, one of the bread sellers, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We live three widows in a rented house and we have no option but to sell bread in cold weather to earn livelihood.”
“My husband was killed as a result of the recent wars, my children were orphaned, then I had to start selling bread, while we don’t have a suitable place to sell bread, on the other hand, the price of flour and firewood has gone up and I can’t meet the expenses. But I have to continue my bread business, otherwise my children will starve,” she said.
Latifa, another bread seller, said: “I sell bread in Taloqan city from the past six months, in the summer under the scorching sun and in the winter under the snow and heavy rain, I sell bread on the road, enduring the extreme cold weather.”
She adds that most of the time she is harassed by bad-tempered men on the pretext of getting bread and they write her phone number to contact her.
She shared her concern about the bad behavior of customers and asked the government to provide them with a proper place where they could sell breads.
Work and Social Affairs Director Mullah Saifullah Mobarez said efforts were on to resolve the problems faced by bread seller women.
He said some NGOs were also contacted for cooperation in addressing the problem faced by these women.
Among these tens of women children are also including who sell bread in the city during cold weather.