A new journalism project, Sahar Speaks, launched earlier this month to help support women journalists in Afghanistan. Founder Amie Ferris-Rotman explains why she thinks it’s needed more than ever
With the US-led war in Afghanistan officially over, the country is undergoing its first transition to democracy in almost a century. The need to advance the careers of Afghan female journalists is critical at this time. That is where Sahar Speaks comes in: a new programme providing training, mentoring and publishing opportunities for Afghan female journalists.
The project launched on 15 December at London’s Frontline Club, with a panel on Afghan women’s rights and women in journalism. Speakers included Peymana Assad, the first Afghan to stand in an election for the Labour Party; Heather Barr, senior researcher for women’s rights in Asia for Human Rights Watch; Najiba Feroz, an Afghan journalist at the BBC’s World Service and Jacqueline Housden, head of news for Huffington Post UK.