A new TV channel featuring an all-female staff of producers and newscasters launched over the weekend in Afghanistan. Zan TV — or “Women’s TV” — is being hailed as an important milestone in a country once ruled by the Taliban, which imposed restrictive rules on women’s behavior and dress.
As Reuters reports, female newscasters regularly appear on Afghan TV, but there has never before been a channel dedicated to women’s interests. Zan TV will focus on talk shows, with some health and music programming.
Zan TV was founded by media entrepreneur Hamid Samar. He told Reuters that he is hoping the channel will appeal to women in large cities like Kabul, who might be receptive to a media outlet devoted exclusively to their interests and experiences.
Though Zan TV’s launch was accompanied by a high-profile promotional campaign, the station is running on a paltry budget. It relies on a team of primarily young women, many of whom are students. The channel’s technology and studio is low-grade. But the women who work at the station are nevertheless galvanized by the initiative’s mission.
“I am so happy that this TV station has been created for women because there are women in our society who are not aware of their rights,” 20-year-old Khatira Ahmadi, a producer at the station, told Reuters. “So this station represents women and we work to raise the voice of women so they can defend their rights.”
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