The training was formally started on September 16, 2014 with an orientation day program in which the theme of the training and the purpose of the overall project was explained to the trainees and the trainers spoke about their courses and their expecations from the trainees.
In this program, 24 young journalists were selected to participate in the 6 months long training program designed to increase their journalistic skills, human rights/women’s rights knowledge, and practical experience through internship and field work so that they can design, implement, and perpetuate journalistic programming that increases public awareness of women’s rights, and human rights and democracy. The 6-month program was divided into multiple units.
During the first three months, the participants were taught about journalism and human rights with a focus on women’s rights.
During the last three months, the participants were required to do internship at different media outlets and human rights organizations, during which the students worked with seasoned reporters, producers and technicians to learn about technical issues, write reports, and copy-edit and also with human rights practitioners to gain a direct, hands-on understanding of the legal status of women in Afghanistan and the role of the government.
Some Pictures of the Program
About the Organization:
Women Empowered Afghanistan (WEA)is a nonprofit corporation that is seeking to promote peace, democracy and human rights in Afghanistan to assist in the country’s reconstruction anddevelopment by increasing women’s legal awareness of their rights and empowering local agents of change to advocate for women’s rights. Our programming will focus on improving girls’ and women’s access to the justice system, national and local political processes, education, and income-generating skills. WEA strives to bring lasting change toward a peaceful society with equal rights for all. Our projects will achieve this outcome by change in societal behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes towards their women and girls. WEA is registered in Afghanistan with the Ministry of Economy under the registration number (410) with the NGOs Department. For more information please visit our website at www.weafghanistan.org
About the Donor:
Peace Projects is a grant program launched by The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) to support innovative conflict resolution and peace-building projects focused on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peace-building. Journalist and Writers Foundation (JWF) is a non-governmental organization in general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). JFW aims to promote peaceful coexistence through dialogue and understanding at global, regional and local levels. Since its establishment in 1994, JWF has organized events promoting peace, tolerance and dialogue. For more information about the donor please visit their website at www.peaceprojects.net