Category Archives: Afghanistan Stories

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…

Equal Access Partners with Local Leaders to Promote Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

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Equal Access, in close cooperation with provincial partners, recently completed implementation of a project focused on educating local leaders on women’s rights under Afghan law and the perils of forced early marriage. Equal Access, utilizing proven effective media and outreach strategies built around interactivity and engagement with the public, reached hundreds of thousands of Afghans…

EA Partners with GPSF to Promote Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

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January 2014, Kabul: Equal Access Afghanistan (EAA), in partnership with the Canadian Government, is proud to announce a new project promoting a culture of women’s rights in Afghanistan. Funded by the Canadian Government’s Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF), the full title of the project is Expanding Rule of Law Practices and Empowering Community Leaders to Protect Women’s Rights in Afghanistan…