New BBC News Afghan Service radio program in Pashto and Dari

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The BBC News Afghanistan service in Pashto and Dari launched a weekly radio program, Women (Newts in Pashto, and zan in Dari).

The 30-minute show will air at 7:00 p.m. Kabul time in Dari and 8:00 p.m. Pashto (2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. GMT) every Friday.

It will be available via FM and shortwave frequencies throughout Afghanistan and will be available on demand via the bbc.com/pashto and bbc.com/persian/afghanistan websites, and the BBC News Pashto and BBC News Dari channels on Facebook .

Presented by Shazia Haya in Pashto and Aalia Farzan in Dari, the program targets women and girls – particularly those in rural areas – in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In addition to providing them with a platform to air their views and questions, the new show will also provide content that informs and educates, empowering listeners to make informed decisions and choices.

Shazia Haya and Aalia Farzan are BBC journalists who moved to the UK after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

The program, which discusses women’s rights, health care, education, home economics, parenthood, child health, as well as entertainment, sports and politics, is opens up news focused on women from around the world. It discusses the main topic of the week with experts and includes permanent slots on motherhood and childcare; inspiring stories of successful women in Afghanistan and around the world; and an arts and culture section devoted to the latest works of women writers, artists and musicians.

Shazia says: “For me, this program means giving a voice to the voiceless. I hope Mermen will help empower Afghan women.

Aalia adds: “I want our new radio show, Zan, to be a window into the home of every Afghan woman. A window that opens every week to bring her the knowledge that is really useful to her, and also to invite her to talk about the things that worry or frustrate her.

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