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Women in Afghanistan risk all for better life

July 8, 2011

Afghanistan is the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman according to a recent report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. This is due to violence against female public officials, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty; a woman’s chance of dying in childbirth is 1 in 11. Afghan women, who dare to challenge ideas of what is acceptable, are often intimidated, or even killed.

Muska Radio is three years old and a dedicated women’s station, broadcasting news as well as factual programmes, on themes like cookery, and health. It’s won national awards and has a huge following. The women who run the station have overcome huge prejudice, for the right to make radio programmes and read the news.

Helmand, a patriarchal society means that it is rare for women to have the opportunity to work. Plenty of men still share the Taliban’s extreme views on women’s rights.

The Provincial Community Council, Helmand’s seat of local Government, is where the shift of power for Helmand’s women is more evident than ever. Of the 33 council members, 4 are women. They act as a voice for all women across Helmand, fighting problems like domestic violence and forced marriages. They go out into the districts and speak to the elders, working hard to change attitudes in this male dominated society.

Click on the image below to view a report all about Musk Radio by Charlotte Cross for BFBS.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jack permalink
    July 9, 2011 01:38

    Bless them. Women are a key factor in changing things here. keep the faith.

  2. July 9, 2011 04:04

    When you educate a man, you educate a person. When you educate a woman you educate a family. These women are brave beyond belief x

  3. Shadowman permalink
    July 9, 2011 11:00

    A wonderful article about some very inspiring women.
    The country of Afghanistan simply *can’t afford* to ignore the huge contribution that women can make. The conservative people there must realise this, and allow women to play their part in raising the standard of living in the country.

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