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Afghan Female Journalism Students Broadcast Live On 8 March

11-03-2005 (Paris)
Afghan Female Journalism Students Broadcast Live On 8 March
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Female journalism students from Kabul, Herat and Mazar universities achieved the first students’ outside radio broadcasting in Afghanistan covering the Women’s Day Celebration this week with a portable mixer desk operated at the ceremony’s venue in Kabul.
The radio training experience was a paramount challenge for the journalism students trained thanks to a USAID-funded project by Sayara, an Afghan based organization. The special women’s day broadcasting included stories from Herat and Mazar, and was packed into a special programming in the UNESCO-provided radio studio and transmitter at the Faculty of Journalism of the Kabul University.

After the broadcast, Parwin Athar, one of the journalism trainees, said: «I was very excited to meet the women there, to ask them to speak on the radio and to broadcast their ideas. I was happy to see so many women from different parts of society, all together to struggle for the rights of women in Afghanistan.» The ceremony was attended by President Hamid Karzai and by women’s group representatives from different provinces.

Sayara has started the Saday-e Jawan (Youth Voice) campus’ radios network and it is running training centers and activities in six large Afghan universities: Kandahar, Khost, Kabul, Mazar, Herat and Jalalabad. Gabriel Dvoskin, Sayara’s country-director and chief-trainer, said that «the outside broadcasting went beyond expectations and students felt the fact they were making radio at the highest level.»

Kabul University’s campus FM radio station broadcasting on frequency of 106.7 MHz had been inaugurated on 4 May 2004 as the highlight of UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day. Previously, UNESCO also funded the renovation of the Kabul Faculty of Journalism offices, including the provision of computers, Internet connection, office furniture and student desk/chair combinations for lecture halls and a media library with new shelving and a significant book collection donated by the international NGO, Freedom Forum, which had closed its reference library in London and offered the books to Kabul University, air-freighted to Afghanistan at the expense of the international broadcaster CNN.

Additional support has being provided to the Faculty by a range of partners, including the Ecole Superieure de Journalisme at Lille University in France which has, under Government of France funding, provided training and curriculum development expertise and a study exchange programme.
Afghan Female Journalism Students Broadcast Live On 8 March
© Sayara

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