Social divisions

The bulk of the population in the rural areas consists of small farmers exploiting their tiny plots of land. The majority of the city and town dwellers are artisans, small traders, or government employees. The industrial labor force, though small, has grown. There is also a business community of merchants and industrialists. Since the 1960s the wearing of a veil by women has been voluntary, and women have found employment in offices and shops. Some Afghan women have received a university education.


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