Afghanistan's New TV Channel By And For Women
A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media is primarily dominated by men.
Zan TV (“Women’s TV”) launches this month with a staff of all female presenters and producers, tailing a high-profile marketing campaign on billboards in Kabul and social media. Female reporters have graced the screen, but an entire station for women is a novelty.
The station’s arrival highlights that positive change is happening in Afghanistan aside from its history of violence.
“I am so happy that this TV station has been created for women because there are women in our society who are not aware of their rights,” 20-year-old, Khatira Ahmandi, a producer at the station told Reuters.
“So this station represents women and we work to raise the voice of women so they can defend their rights,” she added.
Women’s rights and education as well as media freedom are often cited by the government and foreign aid organizations as huge achievements in the country since the Taliban was toppled in 2001.