2 Kunduz radio stations all poised to get back on air
Reequipped by the UN Development Program (UNDP), Shaesta, a radio network dedicated to women’s issues, and Kaihan are poised to restart their broadcasts.
Both were looted during the Taliban’s takeover of Kunduz and their staffers were forced into hiding. Previously, they covered Kunduz and neighbouring provinces with information on healthcare and education, as well as women’s rights.
“UNDP has replaced damaged equipment, allowing both stations to resume programming in time for International Women’s Day on March 8th,” a statement from the UN agency said.
“Our two stations share the same equipment, so this investment goes a long way,” said Zarghoona Hassan, editor-in-chief of Shaesta. “Over the next few months, we’ll be promoting women’s rights and youth issues throughout the local area.”
Cecilia Ncube, UNDP’s gender project manager, said:“Local radio is a great way to spread important messages about women’s rights where they need to be heard the most.”
UNDP Country Director Douglas Kehsaid they stood behind the people of Kunduz and were proud of being able to help women regain their voice. “Hearing other women’s voices on air can bring hope and encouragement to those who feel trapped at home and are afraid to speak out.”
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