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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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From Both Sides of the Mic

From Both Sides of the Mic

Women and the Media

(p.321) Chapter 21 From Both Sides of the Mic
Land of the Unconquerable

Aunohita Mojumdar

University of California Press

This chapter describes how media have burgeoned in Afghanistan since 2001, what this means for women, and how women have contributed—sometimes with their lives—to the effort. The role of media is especially significant for Afghan women, who face far greater social and public restrictions than men. Safya Saify, Nilab Habibi, and Neda Farhat, whose work involves recording public reactions and images, all face discomfort on the streets. The media provide nonconfrontational and easily accessible platforms. It is nonintrusive, can be controlled at will, and can be accessed in the privacy of the home. Media, especially radio, can help overcome physical and geographical barriers to literacy. The function of media, especially radio, in Afghanistan is essential, helping to overcome physical and geographical barriers.

Keywords:   media, Afghanistan, Afghan women, Safya Saify, Nilab Habibi, Neda Farhat, radio

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