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Workshop on gender-based discrimination held in Kabul

Workshop on gender-based discrimination held in Kabul

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Mar 08, 2012 - 18:40

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Womeninfo-icon from across Afghanistaninfo-icon paid tributes to International Women’s Day at the end of the first women’s technology training in Kabul, the United States Agency for International Development (USAIDinfo-icon) said on Thursday.

The four-day Take Back the Tech! digital storytelling workshop was an effort to raise awareness about women’s rights and promote gender equality, USIAD said in a statement. Passionate young women presented a series of inspiring digital stories on issues ranging from motherhood to wearing the burqainfo-icon, it said.

The Take Back the Tech! is a collaborative international movement that unites and empowers women to utilise information and communication technologies to end gender-based discrimination.

“New media is not just for journalists,” said Parwana from Women Activities and Social Services Association (WASSA). “As an Afghan woman who works directly in societyinfo-icon and in close contact with different people, this [new media] will allow us to transfer our voices and pain,” she said.

During the workshop, participants learned how to use various new and traditional media tools to express themselves and enhance their advocacy efforts to end gender-based discrimination.

“It’s space where women can express themselves, and this is particularly important in Afghanistan where there are limited opportunities to do so,” said Nighat Dad, a participant. “We hope this will inspire more women to join the Take Back the Tech! campaign.”

Under the USAID-funded Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Project (AMDEP), Internews Network- Afghanistan organized the digital storytelling workshop to empower women’s use of new media technologies and applications.

AMDEP strives to build the capacity of local, independent media through technical support, hands-on training, business development, and strengthening the institutions, networks and associations of the media industry.

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