Women's Radio Station Relaunched in Afghanistan; Resources Needed
The Voice of Afghan Women, an Afghan radio station devoted to the interests of women, has been re-launched in Afghanistan. According to BBC News, the radio station first started in 2001 after the fall of the Taliban, but lost its funding and was taken off the air.
The station's director, Jamileh Mujahed, was the first Afghan woman broadcaster who announced the fall of the Taliban on television in 2001. Mujahed told BBC News that women's rights issues such as forced marriages, violence against women, and women's political and social participation will be regularly discussed on the station. The station also hopes to tackle sensitive cultural issues such as so-called “honor” killings and divorce, reports IRIN News.
The German Development Center has provided the station with the necessary funding to be on the air again in Kabul and some key provinces near the capital; however, according to IRIN News, the station still suffers from a lack of funding to sustain itself and resources such as equipment.
3/10/2014 Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide - The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
Overall, there was a 1.5 percentage increase last year in the number of women holding seats in government worldwide. . . .