Freedom of Expression and the Role of Women in Afghanistan

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Freedom of Expression and the Role of Women in Afghanistan

Reporters Without Borders Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) host a panel discussion in Ottawa, Ont., November 22, 2006. Discussion focuses on societal and professional difficulties faced by women in Afghanistan, particularly female journalists.

Kady O’Malley (Canadian journalist) and Emily Jacquard (Reporters Without Borders Canada) introduce an excerpt from a documentary film entitled “Afghanistan Unveiled.” The documentary was filmed by Afghan women trained in video journalism at the Aina Afghan Media and Culture Center (an NGO) and explores the impact of the Taliban regime on women living in Afghanistan.

Aina camerawoman Mehria Azizi speaks about helping to establish the Afghan Media and Culture Center and working on “Afghanistan Unveiled.” Najeeba Ayubi discusses her work with the Killid Group, an independent press organization that aims to improve public access to independent media in Afghanistan. After speeches, Ms. Azizi and Ms. Ayubi answer questions from audience members.

Rohinton Medhora (IDRC vice president of programs) introduces the speakers. Ted Menzies (Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation) makes opening remarks.