There are zero Afghan female journalists working for the global media outlets in their country. Sahar Speaks is a new programme that will change this. We will provide training and mentoring for a select group of 10 Afghan female journalists. Their stories will be published by The Huffington Post, our exclusive media partner.
Sahar Speaks was developed by our founder Amie Ferris-Rotman, while a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 2013/14. Previously, she was Reuters senior correspondent in Afghanistan for two years.
The evening will bring together a panel of experts, who will discuss women's rights in Afghanistan, and the need to have Afghan female correspondents in the foreign press corps. Moderated by our founder, it will be an engaging and lively evening, with time for your questions.
The panel discussion will be followed by a raffle, where you can win beautiful Afghan prizes ranging from lapis lazuli jewellery to carved limestone boxes.
Heather Barr was a senior researcher on Afghanistan for Human Rights Watch from 2011 to 2014 and continues to work on Afghanistan in her current position as senior researcher on women's rights in Asia. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Burundi, and before that she was a prisoner's rights lawyer in New York City. She is a graduate of London School of Economics, and Columbia Law School.
Najiba Feroz is an Afghan journalist working for the BBC. She studied political science, business and journalism in Kabul and London. She has starting working with TOLO TV in 2006 in Kabul and then joined the BBC Kabul bureau in 2010. She transferred to New Broadcasting House in November 2012. Now she is working as a Broadcast journalist with the BBC world service . She has worked both as a field journalist and presented the main news programs for the BBC Afghan radio.
Peymana Assad is a trustee of the British Afghan Women's Society and works in Local Government in London. She has an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from Kings College London. Peymana has written columns for online outlets on the British-Afghan community and she was also the first of Afghan origin to stand in an election for the Labour Party in the UK.
Jacqueline Housden is news editor for Huffington Post UK. She has previously worked as a journalist for Al Jazeera English, CNN and the BBC.
Tuesday 15 December
(13 Norfolk Place, W2 1QL, London)
Supported by: THE KESTRELMAN TRUST
Exclusive Media Partner: The Huffington Post