Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News - Conference, Film screening and Exhibition

© Farzana Wahidy/AINAphoto
Mehria Azizi, Afghan camerawoman, shown here filming a women's bakery in Kabul

Organized to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), the Conference “Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News”, followed by the projection of the documentary film “Girls on the Air” by Ms. Valentina Monti and the inauguration of the artistic exhibition also under the title “Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News”, by Khorshied Samad and Jane McElhone, will take place on 22 November 2010. The exhibition will stand till 26 November 2010.
The Conference:
“Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News” will be organized on 22 November 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in UNESCO Headquarters (Room II, Fontenoy Building), Paris, France, with the participation of Humaira Habib, Head of a Women's Community Radio Station in Afghanistan, and Horia Mosadiq, Afghan researcher for Amnesty International.

The projection of the documentary film:
“Girls on the Air” by Ms. Valentina Monti (63 minutes, in Dari, subtitled in English) will take place at 5:50 p.m.
Inscription requested, within the limit of available places.

The artistic exhibition:
“Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News by Khorshied Samad and Jane McElhone, Curators of the exhibition, will be inaugurated on 22 November at 6:50 p.m. and will stand till 26 November 2010 in Salle des pas perdus.

The photo exhibition was launched first in 2006 in Ottawa, Canada, and has toured extensively since then in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, London, UK, and Jakarta, Indonesia.

It is an evolving testimony to the lives of Afghan women working as journalists, producers, managers, writers, photographers, filmmakers, human rights activists and parliamentarians, serving as an archive of Afghan women leaders and public figures. The exhibition provides a very strong platform to expose the positive side of culture and progress in Afghanistan through the strong and active presence of Afghan women working in the public eye, sometimes at great threat to themselves.

A large number of Afghan women are currently working in journalism and in communications. All of them are formally protected by Afghanistan’s 2004 constitution, which defines women as equal citizens and ensures they are seen, heard, and read about in the media. Although Afghanistan is required to solicit and respect women’s views on the country’s laws, policies and practices due to its signature of the U.N General Assembly’s 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Afghan women journalists still face societal barriers and cultural restrictions hindering them to work and participate in public life.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 22.11.2010 15:00 local time
End 26.11.2010 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Turtia, Tarja
Organizer UNESCO: CI/FED and ODG/GE
Contact Tarja Turtia, Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace(CI/FED), Anna-Maria Majlof, ODG/GE; Registration: 01 45 68 17 77 - 01 45 68 42 17
Country Afghanistan
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters, Fontenoy Building
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room II, Salle Pas Perdus
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 100
Official Website
Link 1 Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News / Des voix qui portent: l’actualité vue par les femmes afghanes
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