Category Archives: Afghanistan Stories

How a Vivid Drama Is Making Young People Think Again About Migration

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Khost in Eastern Afghanistan is a province that has suffered from insecurity. There are few jobs, echoing the national unemployment average taken in 2013-2014 by the World Bank: if 1/5th of the labor force is unemployed, almost half of those who are unemployed are the youth. This is why, after finishing high school with lower…

A Rural Radio Program Is Encouraging Communities to Talk About Dowries

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Dowry-related violence against women continues to be an issue that affects many women and girls in Afghanistan. Numbers are hard to come by as disputes involving families are not usually reported. In Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report on Afghanistan, over 2,500 cases of domestic violence were reported in the first eight months of 2016,…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Six| Susan’s Story: Advice From a Young Bride in Afghanistan

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“I am Susan from Badakhshan province but my in-laws are from Ghazni province. I was sixteen when my father got me engaged. I wasn’t happy with this decision but my father said, “this is our decision and you don’t have the right to interfere in it”, so I had to accept my father’s decision. When…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Three| Challenging the Dowry System in Afghanistan

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In Samangan’s mountainous landscape in northern Afghanistan, high illiteracy rates and insecurity have posed intimidating challenges to informing women and men about the importance of living free from violence. Throughout the province many women experience violence and face physical and emotional harassment from their in-laws.  One of the major causes of in-law violence against women…

Sesame Street for those without access to TV in Afghanistan

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In Afghanistan Equal Access is working with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit arm of Sesame Street, to produce and broadcast a radio program based on the TV show for those who don’t have access to TV.  Baghch-e-Simsim (Sesame Garden) features the voices of Muppets familiar to us all from Sesame Street, as well as original Afghan…

Using Media to Promote Agricultural Practice in Western Afghanistan

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Equal Access (EA) is the communication and outreach partner on the Regional Agricultural Development Project-West (RADP-W) to Chemonics, working to improve agricultural practices in Western Afghanistan from February 15, 2015 – February 28, 2019. EA’s activities are focusing on the RADP-W target districts within the western provinces of Herat, Badghis, and Farah, with the aim…

Inspiring Youth to Write their Own Stories and Choose their Best Future

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The Equal Access radio drama One Village, A Thousand Voices (Yak Qarya Wa Hazar Sada), inspires young Afghans by engaging them in the decision-making process. Featuring a groundbreaking interactive format, the drama provides scenes and characters from Afghan culture that encourage audiences to relate to everyday challenges in their own lives. With storylines that depict challenges in achieving…

10-year Afghanistan Anniversary Press Release

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Kabul August 28, 2013: Today, San Francisco-based NGO Equal Access (EA) celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the launch of their media outreach programs in Afghanistan. Co-hosted by Equal Access CEO and President of Equal Access, Ronni Goldfarb, and EA Afghanistan Country Director, Dr. Anwar Jamili, the evening event featured dramatic performances by EA’s mobile…

Mobile Theater Spreading the Word in Afghanistan

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Helping farmers in remote parts of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province to improve their outputs and methods might seem like a suitable job for the local agricultural college or some on-the-job training. But for the Equal Access team in Afghanistan this is a perfect subject for street theatre with plenty of comedy thrown in. It’s common knowledge…

USAID’s “YouthPower” Initiative Includes Creative-led Consortium

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — To empower youth and advance programs that put them at the center of community change, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) selected Creative Associates International as one of six organizations to support initiatives and build the capacity of youth-led and youth-serving organizations. (www.CreativeAssociatesInternational.com) “Investing in youth and empowering them…