A barber’s shop owner who became a nurse in Afghanistan has become a target of discrimination after a judge ruled he had to be fired because he was a woman.
Barbara Welt has become the latest person to lose her job at a small Barber Shop in the town of Lusaka, north of Kabul.
Welt, who has been with the business since 2011, was working as a nurse when she was attacked by Taliban gunmen in November 2016.
She was killed in an airstrike in 2015.
The Taliban have long threatened to target women who work in public health.
The town was once known as a safe haven for female rebels, but after the Taliban were toppled in 2001, it became a breeding ground for Taliban militants and suicide bombers.
Welt’s lawyer, Kamal Khan, told AFP the ruling was “very sad and disappointing.”
He said the ruling will be appealed.
Weet is a mother of three children, all under the age of 10.
Her husband has a different profession.
He is a driver, while she works as a pharmacy technician.
‘Very sad’ Welt told AFP she is devastated by the ruling.
“We were very proud of the work we were doing and we are very happy with our achievements,” she said.
“Now we are being threatened and we feel like we have been discriminated against.”
‘Not an easy life’ Weilt said she is still receiving support from her husband and children, who are still at school.
“But I do not know what I am going to do with the money I will receive from my work,” she told AFP.
“I can only hope that my husband can pay for my education, and that my children can attend school.”
Welt said she was in a very difficult situation, and was desperate to make her way back home.
“This is not an easy time for me, and it is very hard to explain to my children why I am leaving,” she added.
Khan told AFP that Welt’s case could not be taken up for court.
“The decision is made by the Afghan justice system, and there is no right to appeal it,” he said.
Afghan women in public healthcare are targeted by the Taliban for political reasons.
The country’s president, Ashraf Ghani, has said that his country would “not accept the Taliban’s attacks against the women of Afghanistan.”
The government says women in the country are targeted for their religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.