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Sahar Speaks: Journalism by Afghan women

Organized by: Amie Ferris-Rotman

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THE STORY:

Sahar Speaks was established in 2015 in response to the appalling lack of Afghan female reporters working for the international press in Kabul. The situation for Afghan women in the current environment -- as the country adjusts to the withdrawal of foreign troops -- is critical: it is vital we hear their voices going forward, and that they are properly supported.

British-American journalist Amie Ferris-Rotman developed the program as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. In March 2016, the inaugural round of Sahar Speaks saw 12 correspondents receive training in Kabul. They were afterwards paired with an international journalist network of female mentors. In June, their stories were published in The Huffington Post, marking the first time so many Afghan female reporters have been published in a global media outlet. 

We now need to raise money to expand; we don't want this to be a one-off. We are planning a second round of Sahar Speaks, paid internships at Kabul-based foreign bureaus, more published stories and a private networking community. Thank you so much for your donations and support! 

$25 transports one Sahar Speaks participant to training for a week

$50 pays for a safe space in Kabul to train female journalists for a day

$100 pays for an Afghan female journalist/photographer to work for a day for a major news outlet

$500 goes towards a much-needed stipend for a Sahar Speaks participant

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Amie Ferris-Rotman

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Shougofa Alikozay
Writer at AWWP
Hobby: Miniature painting
Female role model: My mother, for her constant support


Nadia Zahel
Newsreader at Zhwandoon TV
Hobby: Playing basketball
Female role model: Herself, for working despite Taliban threats


Sparghai Basir
Researcher/Interpreter
Hobby: Playing soccer
Female role model: My illiterate grandmother Bibi Gul (1933-2014), who challenged the Red Army during the Soviet Occupation


Sitara Sadaat
Writer at AWWP
Hobby: Playing piano
Female role model: Afghanistan's Queen Soraya (1899-1968)


Tahmina Saleem
Freelance photographer
Hobby: Taking selfies
Female role model: Afghan photographer Farzana Wahidy


Parastoo Saqib
Writer at Afghan Women's News Agency
Hobby: Playing basketball
Female role model: Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-67)


Zahra Joya
Writer at Jomhor News
Hobby: Watching soccer
Female role model: Iranian poet Simin Behbahani (1927-2014)


Alia Rajai
Freelance journalist
Hobby: Going swimming
Female role model: Sima Samar, Afghan human rights advocate


Mariam Alimi
Freelance photographer
Hobby: Playing volleyball
Female role model: My mother, who insisted on my education despite her own illiteracy


Sahar Fetrat
Documentary film-maker
Hobby: Writing and reading poetry
Female role model: Khola Zainab, a 55-year-old formerly illiterate woman who overcame the odds and taught the women in her village how to read


Zahra Nader
Freelance journalist
Hobby: Playing chess
Female role model: Simone de Beauvoir


Sonia Azatyar
Founder, Dedgah Jawaan Faal weekly
Hobby: Yoga
Female role model: Foreign women who help Afghan women

Donor Comments

Lesley Ferris

Lesley Ferris

DONATION: $250

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Maud Salvi

DONATION: $50

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Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

DONATION: $25

Great cause, well done! 2 months ago

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Continue your good works. I'm so proud of you all. I love the pictures of your activities. 2 months ago

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