Afghanistan’s first all-women restaurant opens in Mazar-e-Sharif

07:42 PM | 1 Nov, 2017
Afghanistan’s first all-women restaurant opens in Mazar-e-Sharif
KABUL - A group of women have opened an all-female restaurant for the first time in Balkh province of the war-torn country.

Zahra Parsa, the owner of the restaurant in Mazar-e-Sharif city, said she has provided employment opportunity for nine women.

A graduate in Literature, who has worked in a private company, told TOLOnews that she decided to establish this eatery with the help of her friends as “there is no restaurant where women will feel safe.”

The women who work in the restaurant said they have at least 20 customers every day since they started the business two weeks ago.

“Our restaurant has opened newly. The number of our customers is growing every day,” said Shakela, a staff in the restaurant.

Residents of Balkh have also found the restaurant a safe place for women.

“Women need these places in order to have food in a safe and free place where we can stay happy and enjoy dinner or lunch with our friends,” said Farzana, a resident of the Afghan town.

In Afghanistan, a traditionally conservative Muslim nation, security threats have always been the main hindrance for women.

The owner of the restaurant also has plans to open a library at the restaurant in order to help women read their favourite books.

This will open a new vista for women education and employment in the terrorism-hit country

Of roughly 29.2 million Afghan population, 15 million are males and 14.2 million are females.

As part of local tradition, most females are married soon after completing high school. They live as housewives for the remainder of their life.

The most popular traditional work for women in Afghanistan is tailoring, and a large percentage of the population are professional tailors working from home. Since the fall of the Taliban women have returned to work in Afghanistan. Some women became entrepreneurs by starting own businesses.

In 2012, Meena Rahmani became the first woman in Afghanistan to open a bowling alley in Kabul.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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