A parliamentary official, a university professor and a representative of the civil society organization ADWRO discuss the finer points of Islam’s traditional role in promoting democracy
In northern Afghanistan, change can sound a little like this: “Previously, I was opposed to female education, I thought that it was unlawful, not in accordance to Islam and the holy Quran. After watching the TV shows on Friday nights through Arzu TV, I realized that in a democratic environment, both women and men have equal rights and according to Islam.”
That was a resident of Aqcha district in Jowzjan Province. The man, who added that he will “allow his daughter to continue her education”, had been watching TV. More specifically, he had been watching a televised roundtable discussion on Islam and its tradition of democracy and rights, organized by the Assistance to Defend Afghan Women’s Rights Organization (ADWRO). The ADWRO is one of 19 “core” Afghan-led civil society organizations funded by USAID’s Initiative to Promote Afghan Civil Society (I-PACS II). As is clear from the comments of the man in Aqcha district, ADWRO is having considerable success with its radio and television campaign to promote women’s rights in northern Afghanistan,
The broadcasts generally feature a diverse group of participants, including community leaders and government officials. They discuss the role of civil society and Islam in promoting democracy. It is an example of how the sound of change can start with a simple television show.
Winning Hearts and Minds on Women's Rights